President Donald Trump wants to know who’s behind the rogue federal employee Twitter accounts slamming his administration’s policies. Twitter Inc.’s suing to keep him from finding out.
Twitter alleges that the Trump administration’s subpoena for information to identify the users behind accounts critical of the president would violate their Constitutional rights to free-speech. The social media giant contends users are entitled to their anonymity unless they’ve violated a law that would warrant unmasking and the government has failed to make such a case.
The Trump administration’s sensitivity to criticism on the so-called ALT Twitter feeds that mimic those of federal agencies began with the president’s Jan. 20 inauguration. When the official Twitter account of the National Park Service re-tweeted an image comparing that day’s crowd size to the larger one at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, Trump personally called the acting park service director to complain, according to a Washington Post report cited in the complaint. – Continue @Bloomberg.com