Twitter is suing the American government for violating the rights the company has under the First Amendment that gives all citizens the freedom of speech. The Social Media company is alleging these rights are being violated based on the government’s rules and regulations that stop Twitter from disclosing the amount of national security requests it receives.
Up until now, Twitter has been able to publish the amount of national security letters and the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders it receives. However, these publications are in broad numbers and Twitter wants to narrow it down. The company is also arguing that it should have the right to inform the society on what orders it had not received.
Tech companies from around the country have been pressuring the government for permission to be more transparent to consumers especially when it comes to information the companies need to hand over the federal authorities. This comes as a result of the PRISM documents being leaked last year.
Twitter has prepped a detailed transparency report that it hopes to publish if and when the lawsuit succeeds. Ben Lee, one of Twitter’s attorneys has explained that “It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance — including what types of legal process have not been received. We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.”
You can read the filing with the U.S. District Court of Northern California in PDF form here.
Via: The Verge