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Judge denies Twitter’s plea to report surveillance demands of U.S. gov

Judge denies Twitter’s plea to report surveillance demands of U.S. gov

California based social network firm Twitter has been restricted, following a six-year lawsuit, from revealing surveillance requests that were given by the U.S. government, due to claims made by the federal judge that the same may harm national security.

For the record, in 2014, Twitter had filed a case against the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the permission to furnish data as per its “Draft Transparency Report”, the requests regarding the surveillance requests it received.

Reportedly, the lawsuit claimed that the free-speech rights of the company were being violated since it was not allowed to reveal the necessary details.

Apparently, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers- the U.S. District Judge approved the request of the government of dismissing Twitter’s legal case with an eleven-page order filed in the District Court for North California.

Notably, the social media giant had filed a case against the Justice Department in its issues with the federal agencies since the company witnessed a suppression of its free speech rights and demanded the right to reveal the extent of U.S. government surveillance.

Citing reliable sources, the lawsuit witnessed several months of negotiations with the government and also saw an escalation in the internet industry’s legal battle over the government’s regulation on the type and number of requests for private user information.

Moreover, leading tech giants were aiming at seeking necessary clarification regarding their relationship with the spying agencies and the U.S. law enforcement after revelations made by Edward Snowden- the former National Security Agency contractor, that portrayed the capabilities of the U.S. spying agencies.

Seemingly, with the help of confidential declaration, the Justice Department pointed out the exact number of national security letters from 2014, as per the request made by Twitter and caused a serious national security threat.


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