Twitter Fights For More Transparency On Government Surveillance


Twitter is one of many tech companies affected by the government surveillance controversy, and today published a blog post fighting for more transparency.

The main area of concern are national security requests, which up until last week, companies could not disclose how many nor what types.

National security requests include FISA (secret court) orders, and Twitter says it’s not satisfied with the Department of Justice’s recent ruling:

“For the disclosure of national security requests to be meaningful to our users, it must be within a range that provides sufficient precision to be meaningful. Allowing Twitter, or any other similarly situated company, to only disclose national security requests within an overly broad range seriously undermines the objective of transparency.”

Manager of Global Legal Policy Jeremy Kessel also went on to say that not being able to be more transparent “violates our First Amendment right to free expression and open discussion of government affairs.”

Kessel says that Twitter is assessing its legal options, so the continued fight for transparency could make its way into the courtroom.

Over the past two years, Twitter has seen a 66 percent increase in government data requests worldwide, with 59 percent of all requests coming from the United States.

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Mike Stenger

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