The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent Twitter a summons demanding that it reveal the identity of the user behind an anonymous Twitter account that has been routinely criticizing the U.S. Customs and Immigrations Enforcement (ICE) and President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, reports Lauren L’Amie.
“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’s suit states.
According to the lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California on Thursday, Twitter cites its own free speech rights as well as those of the user in its attempt to block the Trump administration’s request.
We're glad Twitter is pushing back. We'll be going to court to defend this user's right to anonymous speech. https://t.co/tqj5XrNvgn
— ACLU National (@ACLU) April 6, 2017
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