Judge dismisses Twitter lawsuit that sought to reveal government surveillance requests

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A federal judge has ruled that Twitter can’t reveal surveillance requests it received from the US government, putting an end to legal battle that lasted six years, Reuters reported. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wrote in her order that Twitter’s request to reveal part of its Draft Transparency Report “would be likely to lead to grave or imminent harm to the national security.”

Twitter sued the Justice Department in 2014, arguing that its free speech rights were being violated since it was prohibited from revealing the number of government surveillance requests it receives.

While several other companies, including Google and Facebook, reached an agreement with the US government earlier in 2014 to break out national security requests in…

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