Twitter Transparency Report fight on government surveillance

Twitter are ready to fight in a federal court after filing a lawsuit so they can publish its own full Transparency Report, they are moving forward with this because the micro-blogging site were prohibited from reporting on the tangible extent of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government.

They report in its latest blog post they are asking the court to declare such restrictions so they can release its full Transparency Report, the restrictions should be declared with Twitter’s ability to discuss about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment, and quote “The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already considering the constitutionality of the non-disclosure provisions of the NSL law later this week.”

Twitter Transparency Report fight on government surveillance

The lawsuit has been filed because Twitter strongly believes they have the right to disclose the accurate number of national security letters (“NSLs”) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) court orders received — even if that number is zero.

Users have a right to know and Twitter also believes they have a right to do share the Transparency Report in a meaningful way. The full filing (PDF) with the U.S. District Court of Northern California can be read here.

For many months Twitter tried to discuss the draft Transparency Report addendum to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation but were unable to convince them and this is why they are now filing a lawsuit.

Are Twitter right to file a lawsuit so they can release its full Transparency Report?

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