Twitter has sued the US government in a lawsuit on Thursday after it received a request from US officials to to reveal people behind an anti-Trump Twitter account. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco, where Twitter is based.
The anonymous account was set up after President Trump's inauguration, tweeting news happening inside the White house. The account leaked how dozens of US government agencies opposed to the Trump's administration on climate change amidst other issues.
According to Twitter, the account, @ALT_uscis, is known to "express public criticism of the department and the current administration," and it's in lawsuit also added byTwitter,
"may not compel Twitter to disclose information regarding the real identities of these users without first demonstrating that some criminal or civil offense has been committed, that unmasking the users' identity is the least restrictive means for investigating that offense, that the demand for this information is not motivated by a desire to suppress free speech, and that the interests of pursuing that investigation outweigh the important First Amendment rights of Twitter and its users."
Twitter users are also protected by the first amendment right, and in his lawsuit, Twitter wrote;
The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the US Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech.