US Drops Effort to Force Twitter to Reveal Anti-Trump Account
The U.S. government has ended its effort to force Twitter to identify who is behind an account critical of President Donald Trump.
After the announcement, Twitter said it has cancelled a lawsuit against the U.S. government. Twitter had been planning to claim that federal officials did not have the power to force it to reveal the account owners.
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection had sought the identity of the users of the Twitter account @ALT_USCIS
The account describes itself as "immigration resistance." In February, its creators told the Associated Press news agency that they are current and former employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that is a part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Almost 9,000 messages have been sent by the account since it was created in January, the month Trump took office.
It is one of several accounts that reportedly have been created by former or current federal employees who oppose Trump.
It is not known why the government cancelled its effort to identify the creator or creators of the Twitter account. And it is not known if the government has also ended its own investigation into who is operating the account.
The American Civil Liberties Union called the government's decision to withdraw its request a "big victory for free speech and the right to dissent."
Friday, the account tweeted: "We want to thank @twitter and @aclu for standing up for the right of free anonymous speech. Thank you resistance for standing up for us."
News reports about the account have helped it sharply increase the number of people who are following it. @ALT_USCIS now has more than 192,000 followers.
1.standing up 站立；争取
The workers are standing up for higher wages and better conditions.
2.free speech 言论自由
Many experts in constitutional law have warned that the rule violates the right to free speech.
3.federal employees 联邦雇员
The shutdown lasted 16 days and affected hundreds of thousands of federal employees.
4.sharply increase 大幅增加
We could sharply increase the reliability of their network and reduce blackouts.
1.Almost 9,000 messages have been sent by the account since it was created in January, the month Trump took office.
took office 上任
By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year.
My aim when I took office was to make sure our resources were used responsibly and effectively.
2.Twitter had been planning to claim that federal officials did not have the power to force it to reveal the account owners.
have the power to 拥有...的权力
Human societies have the power to solve the problems confronting them
Fathers have the power to dominate children and young people
美国政府放弃了努力，不再强迫推特揭露反对总统唐纳德·特朗普（Donald Trump）的推特账户真实身份 。
公布该消息后，推特方面称已撤回对美国政府的起诉 。推特一直宣称，政府无权要求其透露用户的真实身份 。
该用户声称自己是“移民抵制力量” 。二月份，该账户创始人告诉美联社，他们是美国公民与移民服务局（USCIS）的现任及前任雇员，美国公民与移民服务局隶属于国土安全局 。
政府放弃追查推特账号创建者或创建者们的动机尚不明确 。政府是否已终止调查账号使用者的真实身份也未可知 。
周五，该账号发推文称：“我们想感谢推特和美国公民自由联盟站出来维护匿名言论的自由 。感谢你们挺身而出的抗议 。”
一系列的新闻报道导致该账号的粉丝激增 。@ALT_USCIS账号粉丝现已超过192000名 。