Twitter Inc. had decided to take a stand this week when it filed charged to block an order by the U.S. government demanding that Twitter reveal the identity of the person behind an Anti-Trump account that is extremely critical of President Trump’s immigration policies.
The account in question is known as @ALT_uscis, and it is said that the creator of it was a former federal immigration employee. No doubt he was fired when Trump took office and cleaned house, not allowing Obama’s ridiculous policies – or upholders of those policies – have their way any more. Now, this disgruntled ex-employee chooses to harass the president on Twitter.
The account described itself as the “immigration resistance”.
This brings up issues of the first amendment, with Twitter claiming the user is allowed to say whatever as long as it isn’t threatening, and for that reason are protecting his or her identity.
AmericaNow has more:
Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio declined to comment on whether the government had demanded information about other accounts critical of Trump.Twitter, which counts Trump among its active users, has a record of litigating in favor of user privacy.
“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 Department of Homeland Security, which is a defendant in the lawsuit, declined to comment on pending litigation. The Justice Department, which typically represents federal agencies in court, and the White House had no immediate comment.
Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a statement it was a waste of resources to try to uncover an anonymous critic, and he called on the Homeland Security inspector general to investigate who directed the “witch hunt.”
What do you think should happen?