Twitter Tastes Victory After U.S. Government Withdraws Demand to Unmask Anti-Trump Account

The social media service voluntarily dismisses a lawsuit that argued the government was attempting to quell anonymous speech critical of immigration policies.
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Protesters at Los Angeles International airport demonstrating against President Trump's travel ban executive order.

From the service that popularized the 140-character tweet comes the lawsuit lasting less than 24 hours.

On Friday, Twitter withdrew its lawsuit against the U.S. government over a summons that demanded information about the individual(s) behind @ALT_USCIS, an account from those claiming to be employees of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services challenging the agency's policies and management.

According to Twitter's court filing, "counsel for Defendants from the Department of Justice contacted counsel for Twitter, to advise that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has withdrawn the summons and that the summons no longer has any force or effect."

As such, Twitter has canceled its own lawsuit that accused the Trump administration of exceeding lawful authority and threatening to chill political dissent by demanding information to unmask the identities of some of the social media service's users.

The end?

Maybe not. 

In a letter sent today to the acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants an internal review why and how the summons was issued, writing "it appeared to be a disturbing threat to free speech and whistleblower protections."

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