As the internet industry’s self-proclaimed champion of free speech, Twitter Inc. sued the U.S. Department of Justice this Tuesday, for the right to reveal the extent of U.S government surveillance. This lawsuit stems from the Internet industry’s long standing battle concerning government gag orders on the nature and amount of request for private user information. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for Northern California. In court Twitter argued that the current rules prevent the corporation from even stating that it has zero requests for user information from national security. It is claiming that such restrictions violate the First Amendment of the Constitution by denying guaranteed freedom of speech. On a blog post this Tuesday, Twitter wrote that they are asking the court to deem these regulations on their ability to speak freely about government surveillance unconstitutional.
Contributor: Dominique Jolly