Twitter Sues the Government for Violating Its First Amendment Rights

Laurie Sullivan

Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, so it can release more information about national security requests.

The company wants to publish its full transparency report. It alleges that its First Amendment rights to free speech are being violated by rules that prevent it from disclosing the quantity of national security requests it receives.

Twitter can publish the number of national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders it receives between “0 and 999,” and calls the inability to speak about the government surveillance “unconstitutional” under the First Amendment.

“The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is already considering the constitutionality of the non-disclosure provisions of the NSL law later this week,” Twitter Lawyer Ben Lee writes an a blog post Tuesday.

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