Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Court Rejects Twitter’s Transparency Lawsuit Against Justice Department

Yesterday the U.S. District Court Northern District of California dismissed Twitter's lawsuit that claimed it had a First Amendment right to transparency. The courts ruled that Twitter, or anyone for that matter, can not publish data that it knows is classified.

"The First Amendment does not permit a person subject to secrecy obligations to disclose classified national security information," writes the judge, pointing out that Twitter has not challenged the fact that the data it seeks to publish is considered classified by the government. "In the absence of a challenge to the decisions classifying that information, Twitter’s Constitutional challenges simply do not allege viable claims."