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Twitter rejects compromise on secret government orders

06
Feb
2014

Twitters latest transparency report is out, and the company seems furious about what it cant reveal. While Google, Facebook, and others have reached a deal with the US government to break out national security requests in broad numbers, but Twitter wasnt one of the companies involved, and it says such numbers arent useful for its purposes. Allowing Twitter, or any other similarly situated company, to only disclose national security requests within an overly broad range seriously undermines the objective of transparency, writes policy manager Jeremy Kessel, though he says the compromise is a step in the right direction. Kessel said that Twitter should be able to not only disclose how many accounts it receives but also tell users that it hasnt received certain types of requests.

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