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The Trump Administration No Longer Wants Twitter To Reveal the Owner of an Anti-Trump Account (recode.net) 92

From a report on Recode: The Trump administration informed Twitter on Friday that it would withdraw its demand that the social media company unmask an account critical of the president -- a move that prompted Twitter to drop its lawsuit. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that U.S. customs agents filed a legal order in a bid to get the company to reveal who is behind @ALT_USCIS -- a so-called "alt-agency" account that has been taking aim at Trump, his immigration policy and the inner workings of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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The Trump Administration No Longer Wants Twitter To Reveal the Owner of an Anti-Trump Account

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  • Frosty Piss. Sad.
    • Well, if it makes the orange lard ass and chief sleep better during his afternoon nap, then hell it's me. And about the H1-B visa nonsense. When are those liars going to be shown the way home?
  • Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, no, yes, no, yes, yes, no... Trump'sâ mind.
  • by thedarb ( 181754 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @02:48PM (#54193375) Homepage

    All this means is that someone didn't know how to go about it the first time. They withdraw this one, then come back with a proper request tied with a permanent gag order. Takes care of that nasty little law suit, and they will still get what they want.

    • What grounds exist here to "unmask" an account that is posting stuff you dont like...? Thats what I'm struggling to understand - are they alleging the account owner is doing something illegal by mocking them?

      • Nope, Trump is just a fascist, nothing more. He only supports the 1st Amendment when it portrays him in a positive light.
      • by imgod2u ( 812837 )

        Funnily enough, this is done through the foreign surveillance legal framework. Which can be done without a warrant now. They claim the accounts hurt national security.

      • by DaHat ( 247651 )

        Whether we like it or not, he is President, and as President he gets to set policy for the executive branch... which previously included an order for certain agencies not to provide updates via social media [fortune.com].

        While I suspect some of the 'alt' department accounts are simply a fake PR attempt by the 'resistance', if the person running this particular account is an employee of the department in question, then they are very clearly violating the previously mentioned order... which at last check no one has claimed

        • Perhaps. But last time I checked, insubordination was not a crime, so neither the courts nor law enforcement agencies have any role to play.

          • by DaHat ( 247651 )

            When/where did I say that insubordination is a crime? When did I mention any sort of crime?

            More so, courts & law enforcement are involved in far more than just 'crimes'.

            You breaking a personal contract with me isn't illegal, and I can go to court and ask the judge to order to you comply, if your refuse you can be subjected to being detained until you do. I could even use the police to seize enough of your property to compensate me for the order.

            Having not read the specific complaint seeking the unmaskin

  • Of course we'll never know if Twitter caved behind closed doors.

  • To distract him from this issue. I'm guessing it was a tiny red fire truck. Or a new Infowars story about how Obama let aliens slip through space and onto Earth.
  • Unless these accounts were revealing classified information, who gives a shit - altUSEPA is just that an account prefixed with "altUS" not an actual official government account and no different than the accounts you or I create. There is a verification process for Twitter and such official accounts are marked as verified so it should be obvious to anyone looking at an alt account it is not verified nor official. If Twitter wants to implement a policy where alt govt accounts will NEVER be verified, so be it.

  • by Lost Race ( 681080 ) on Friday April 07, 2017 @05:46PM (#54194861)

    This flagrant attempt to abuse executive powers for political purposes provides the perfect opportunity for a high-profile congressional investigation. Whoever gave the order to send this summons to Twitter should be fired at the very least. If it was Trump himself (who else could it be, really?) then get the impeachment ball rolling!

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