Twitter sued the Justice Department on Tuesday, saying the agency’s virtual ban of detailing the scope of US surveillance on the microblogging site is an unconstitutional “prior restraint” of speech protected by the First Amendment.
The San Francisco-based company’s federal lawsuit concerns the broad limits the government has placed on Twitter over how it may characterize national security surveillance of Twitter’s users—like National Security Letters and FISA court orders. The same is true for other companies, too.
Twitter attorney Eric Miller wrote: [PDF]
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