Feds, Seeking Twitter Account Data, Get Lawsuit Instead
Apr 07, 2017, 02:14
The account, whose name stands for alternative U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is one of several alternative government accounts created after President Trump took office.
"The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the US Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech", the company argued.
"Such fears are likely to be especially great for users of "alternative agency" accounts who are now employed by the very agency that is a principal target of the commentary, in light of the retaliation, harassment, or even loss of livelihood that might occur if their real identities became known to their superiors", the complaint said.
The tech company said that allowing DHS access to that information would produce a "grave chilling effect on the speech of that account", as well as other accounts critical of the US government.
"The Supreme Court has long recognized the extraordinary value of the kind of speech emanating from these accounts - pure political speech criticizing government policies and highlighting government waste and mismanagement", Twitter writes in its complaint. This is just one of many "rogue" accounts supposedly run by government employees at a variety of agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor.
On March 14 Twitter received a CBP summons "demanding that Twitter provide them records that would unmask, or likely lead to unmasking, the identity of the person (s) responsible for the @ALT_USCIS account", according to the suit, which describes the summons as unlawful.
In its lawsuit, Twitter claimed the government can not compel the company to disclose users' identities without first meeting several tests.
The Trump administration ordered Twitter to reveal the identity behind this anonymous account.
Twitter's lawsuit noted that "those who speak through these "alternative agency" accounts do so pseudonymously, often going to considerable lengths to avoid disclosing their real identities" for fear of retribution.
This is not the first time Twitter has filed suit in defense of its and its users' First Amendment rights.
The social media company has a history of challenging government demands for information on its users, including a 2012 demand from NY prosecutors about an Occupy Wall Street protester.
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