Twitter is suing the Trump White House as a result of the administration demanding the company reveal the identity of an anti-Trump account administrator.
In legal documents obtained by Reuters, the social media platform confirmed it received an administrative summons, demanding the company release any and all records pertaining to the account in question. The lawsuit is being brought forth by federal immigration employees as stated in the document and was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where Twitter’s corporate headquarters is located.
“The rights of free speech afforded Twitter’s users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech,” Twitter said in the lawsuit.
The account, @ALT_uscis, is allegedly ran under the guise of a dissenting member of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The account follows the trend of allegedly rogue employees of various federal agencies the Trump administration is opposed to, including, but not limited to the National Parks Service (NPS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Administrators of these and other accounts claim they are tweeting anonymously to avoid being fired by Trump’s appointees.
Steven E. Johnson is a Mississippi-based author who covers racial justice and political issues for the Resistance Report. You can contact him at stevejlive at gmail dot com.