Twitter said that under the First Amendment, it is obliged to respond to user concerns surrounding the scope of government surveillance.
Twitter is suing the U.S. government for allegedly restricting the microblogging platform from publicly reporting the scope of surveillance on its users.
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"Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national security letters (“NSLs”) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) court orders received — even if that number is zero," Twitter announced today on its official blog.
Twitter said that under the First Amendment, it is obliged to respond to user concerns surrounding the scope of government surveillance. The 19-page complaint, filed today in federal court, seeks the approval to publish a full transparency report.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is now weighing the constitutionality of the non-disclosure provisions. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have provoked the social network when its draft transparency report, submitted on April this year, didn't garner enough votes.
"After many months of discussions, we were unable to convince them to allow us to publish even a redacted version of the report," Twitter added.
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