Twitter Says No To Trump Admin After Order To Reveal Person Behind Anti-Trump Account

By Charisse Mae Villanueva | Apr 10, 2017 01:32 PM EDT
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Twitter refused to reveal the account owner of a Twitter account that posts anti-Trump messages. The tech giant has filed a federal lawsuit to block the request of the US Government and has further elaborated that the company cannot disclose private information about their users. Twitter also said that the demand of the US Government is unlawful and that complying would have "a grave chilling effect" for the people behind the Twitter account.

The Twitter account that has been mentioned is the @ALT_USCIS, The New York Times has learned. The Twitter account is one of the accounts that has been seen to frequently criticize Trump administration's immigration policies and enforcement actions. To further elaborate, Twitter has stated in its filings that "a time tradition of pseudonymous free speech on matters of public moment runs deep in the political life of America."

@ALT_USCIS claimed that is is being run by current or former federal employees. The account has been followed by tens of thousands of Twitter users after the Trump Inauguration. Nathan Freed Wessler, one of the attorneys that is involved in the case stated that the government is just trying to stifle dissent as the government has not given any god reason at all for the order they sent on Twitter.

Department of Homeland Security Jenny Burke, as well as Twitter's spokesman Nick Pacilio both, declined to make a comment about this issue, Reuters reported. The Justice Department and White House both has no say at the moment. Trump is among the active users of Twitter, but still, Twitter won't budge because disclosing private information will damage their platform.

"The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech," Twitter said in the lawsuit,

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