Twitter is suing the US government over gagging orders that stop it revealing more information on the data requests it receives about its users. The firm is bringing the legal action under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
The First Amendment relates to the notion, among others things, that the government shall not prohibit 'freedom of speech'.
Twitter vice president of legal, Ben Lee, wrote in a blog post that the government's ban infringes on this right.
“It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of US government officials by providing information about the scope of US government surveillance – including what types of legal process have not been received," he wrote in the post.
"We should be free to do this in a meaningful way, rather than in broad, inexact ranges."
Lee also revealed that attempts to discuss the issue with the government to let it reveal more information to users had failed, forcing Twitter to take legal action.
"In April, we provided a draft Transparency Report addendum to the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a report which we hoped would provide meaningful transparency for our users," he said.
"After many months of discussions, we were unable to convince them to allow us to publish even a redacted version of the report."
The report that was issued by Twitter in August for requests relating to the first half of the year showed that it had received 2,058 requests for account information, an almost 50 percent increase on the previous report.
The social network said that requests came from 54 countries, eight of which had made demands for the first time. Content removal demands also increased, and Twitter said that 31 countries made 432 requests.
Demands in the UK related to 22 accounts, while in the US the number was 42.
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