U.S. backs down on anti-Trump Twitter account

U.S. backs down on anti-Trump Twitter account

U.S. backs down on anti-Trump Twitter account

The legal battle between Twitter and the USA government ended Friday, after the Department of Homeland Security withdrew its demand that the tech company release information to identify an account holder whose tweets are critical of President Donald Trump on Twitter.

The social network was supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which said it would stand by Twitter and take action against the government too if it continued its attempt to find out the account's genuine owner.

The account features criticism of Trump administration policy from a purported current employee of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Uscis), an agency within DHS. The people behind the account have not disclosed their identities, but the use of "ALT" with a government agency acronym has led many to assume government employees are behind such tweets.

At least three senators aren't letting the issue drop and are challenging the Trump crew over its action last month issuing a summons in a bid to unmask Twitter customers. The Homeland Security Department, which issued the summons, had no immediate comment.

Legal experts said Twitter would have had a strong case had it gone to court, as the government had not provided compelling information on why it was necessary to identify the critic. The latter dubs itself "The Unofficial "Resistance" team of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency". Trump has vowed to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and has promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They called themselves "ALT" accounts.

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The account was briefly shut down in response - reportedly because President Trump complained directly to the head of the National Parks Service.

This summons came from an office that investigates employee corruption, misconduct and mismanagement.

"Not only was the summons blatantly inconsistent with the cited investigatory authority ... it appeared to be a distributing threat to free speech and whistleblower protections", Sen.

Republican senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Mike Lee of Utah sent a letter on Friday to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, asking what protocols existed to protect free speech in agency investigations.

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