Martyn Williams reports:
A California court has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Twitter that challenges U.S. government restrictions on what it can say about surveillance requests on its users.
Twitter sued the government in 2014, alleging that the restrictions, which are common to all Internet service providers, infringe its First Amendment right to free speech.
Earlier this year, the Department of Justice asked the federal district court in Oakland, California, to toss out the lawsuit. It argued that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) is a more suitable venue to hear the dispute, and that part of Twitter’s argument didn’t stand because the company isn’t disputing document classification decisions made by the government.
On Monday, a judge agreed with the government’s latter argument but denied its request to shift the case to FISC.
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