Twitter Inc will not be allowed to disclose surveillance requests from the U.S. government as a federal judge rejected the company’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice.
The decision came as the federal court accepted the government’s stance that revealing surveillance requests bears risk of harming national interests.
In the six-years long legal battle began in 2014, Twitter filed lawsuit against the Justice Department seeking permission to reveal the surveillance requests as part of department’s “Draft Transparency Report”. The social media company was in argument that its rights of free speech are being violated for not having permission to reveal the details about surveillance request.
In her ruling comprise of eleven pages, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, allowed the government to dismiss the lawsuit of social media giant.
In Friday’s decision, judge said that allowing Twitter to reveal surveillance request it receive from government would likely to impose risk or leading to be grieving for national security.
The motion for summary judgment of Government is GRANTED and that of Twitter is DENIED, as said the order.
In its battle with federal agencies, Twitter has filed the lawsuit against the Justice Department as it seeks the right to reveal the details of surveillance requests from government agencies.
Before filing the lawsuit, Twitter, which describes itself as the internet industry’s champion of free speech, held negotiations with the government but that remained successful. Though the process at the time fueled up the industry’s battle over government pressing companies with orders on the extent and count of those requests for private information of their users by its different agencies.
The court’s ruling was disappointing, but the company, without mentioning further details in its statement on Saturday, said that it will remain fighting for transparency.