Twitter has pushed back against the federal government's demand that the social media company reveal the identity of the user or users behind one of the of "alt" accounts that emerged in January in creative protest of the Trump administration.
Well done, Twitter. It's refreshing to hear about an episode in which a "communications giant" finds common ground between its own interests and those of the public.
Given the recent widespread suppression of dissent, could anyone doubt the validity of Twitter's assertion that the Customs and Border Protection case is part of an effort to suppress free speech?
Just one question: with govt capabilities to spy, or so claimed, why do they need a lawsuit for this information? Can't the intelligence agencies do this without the consent and knowledge of Twitter? Or at least without the knowledge. The NSA claims to be able to "sweep" up all information and preserves it somewhere out west. So why do they need the court to do what they claim they can do covertly? Or is it all a lie?