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Should the government be able to force Twitter to unmask anonymous accounts?

Twitter is suing the U.S. government after Customs and Border Protection agents pressured Twitter to reveal the identity of @ALT_uscis, one of the many "alt" government accounts that have popped up in opposition to the Trump administration. The agency sent a summons to Twitter, which ordered it to turn over all records, but did not give an applicable reason. Twitter and the ACLU are fighting back because they say the account is protected by the First Amendment. What do you think?

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Twitter and the ACLU are pushing back against the summons because the order gave no applicable argument to unmask the account. Anonymous political speech is protected by the First Amendment. Unless a government agency can prove revealing the identity of the account takes precedent over an individual's protected rights, Twitter should not have to reveal anything. 

Twitter argues that the government cannot order Twitter to turn over the information unless several conditions are met, including "demonstrating that some criminal or civil offense has been committed, that unmasking the users’ identity is the least restrictive means for investigating that offense, that the demand for this information is not motivated by a desire to suppress free speech, and that the interests of pursuing that investigation outweigh the important First Amendment rights of Twitter and its users."
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Customs and Border Patrol agents sent a summons to Twitter demanding the platform unmask and identify the @ALT_uscis account. While the government is not commenting on it, Trump supporters say the alt accounts are part of a wide-ranging conspiracy within the government to undermine President Trump. According to Breitbart, alt accounts like @ALT_uscis are involved in leaking information to intentionally damage President Trump.

Breitbart argues people who are actively undermining the presidency do not deserve anonymity. People pointing fingers should be willing to do so openly.

“The Obama bureaucrats’ brazen determination to overturn the will of the people is shocking and drives home the need for systemic civil service reform, including reining in the power of public employee unions which poison the non-partisan well that civil servants used to operate in,” Manning tells Breitbart News about the Twitter accounts of federal bureaucrats seeking to undermine President Trump’s agenda.
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