Last week we saw how Twitter has vowed to donate $10 million dollars for the creation of a social media lab at the MIT University and today we’re going to take at some more Twitter news. Twitter sued the U.S. Justice Department for the right to reveal surveillance information to their customers.
Twitter Sued the U.S. Justice Department
Twitter sued the U.S. Justice Department yesterday to earn the right to reveal the amount of U.S. government surveillance on its customers. We all know that the government is watching us, and it’s doing it over Facebook, Twitter and even mail, but now people want to know how much information and what kind of info the government has on us.
Twitter has revealed that this lawsuit follows months of negotiations with the government that went nowhere about the social media’s battle over gag orders imposed by the government. Countless requests for private user information have been issued and Twitter can’t do anything about them, no matter how much it wants transparency; not until the government gives its OK.
The current rules prevent Twitter from even claiming that it did or did not receive security requests about user information from the government. Naturally, this is a violation of the freedom of speech and Twitter is finally doing something about it.
Twitter released a statement:
This is an important issue for anyone who believes in a strong First Amendment, and we hope to be able to share our complete transparency report.
This spy/surveillance storm all came to life after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the depth of the spying capabilities of the United States government.
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