Court Rules vs. Twitter in Bid to Reveal Surveillance Requests From U.S. Government

The social network originally filed suit against the Department of Justice in October 2014

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss the suit tzahiV/iStock
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Twitter expressed disappointment at coming out on the losing end of a six-year court battle in which it sought the right to reveal surveillance requests received from the U.S. government.

The social network filed its suit versus the U.S. Department of Justice in October 2014 with the hopes of adding more detailed information on the scope of surveillance of Twitter users by the U.S. government to its biannual transparency reports.

However, Kanishka Singh of Reuters reported that U.S. District Court for Northern California Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss the suit.

She said in her ruling last Friday that granting Twitter’s request “would be likely to lead to grave or imminent harm to national security.”

Twitter legal, policy and trust and safety lead Vijaya Gadde said in a tweet, “After a six-year battle, we’re disappointed by the result but twice as committed to the fight. Transparency matters. Protecting civil liberties matters. Especially now. We feel a responsibility to take these stands, and we will continue to do so.”

Twitter Public Policy added in a tweet, “Transparency is a key principle in our mission to serve the public conversation. It’s vital that the public sees the demands we receive and how we work to strike a balance between local law, supporting people’s ability to tweet and protecting people from harm.”


david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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