Twitter Has Filed A Lawsuit Against The FBI And Department of Justice
Twitter Inc. claims that their First Amendment rights are being violated by being prohibited from sharing the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders and national security letters they receive asking to reveal personal information for national security purposes.
“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,”Twitter vice president Ben Lee wrote on Twitter’s blog. “We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges.”
Twitter sent their Transparency Report to the FBI for pre-publication review back in April. The Department of Justice then rejected the report because disclosing information about national security letters is prohibited by federal law.