Twitter is suing the U.S Government, demanding that the company be allowed to reveal how many requests it receives from the government for information about its users. Twitter isn’t the first company to sue. Microsoft and Google are now allowed to reveal a little about the types of requests they receive, but the folks at Twitter aren’t satisfied.
The company says not being allowed to talk about how many requests it receives violates the First Amendment. The company says there has been a steady increase in requests for account information and that officials from the company met with representatives from the DOJ and FBI to be allowed to publish the actual number of requests or to at least provide information on the non-national security related requests. They also wanted the right to be specific about the different kinds of national security requests and be allowed to reveal if there were zero requests in a category. Twitter says they made no progress at the meeting.
According to Twitter, “It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance – including what types of legal process have not been received. We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.”
The company said it will continue to focus of reform. You can read the entire filing at this link.