Twitter said it’ll file a suit against the U.S. government for the right to reveal data on government surveillance on its current users --- leading to more clash that has amplified in the past several months.
Twitter’s suit claims the Justice Department and the FBI are violating the First Amendment rights by limiting what the firm is able to reveal regarding government’s national security requests for data of users. Twitter is seeking the ability to publish the kind and number of government demands it receives for user data in complete detail.
The suit is the latest in an ongoing legal clash between tech firms and the U.S. government regarding surveillance and the angle in which privately-owned companies cooperate in data gathering.
With the suit being filed, Twitter is basically rejecting the deal with the U.S. government made early this year with tech powerhouses Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, and Facebook. Such settlement lets tech firms disclose a number of government requests in different ranges.