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Experts: Twitter Likely to Beat Trump Lawsuit

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Friday, 07 Apr 2017 12:09 PM

Twitter will likely win a lawsuit it filed Thursday claiming the Trump administration is trying to force it to reveal the names of government workers allegedly using a rogue account to criticize the president's immigration policies, leading law professors tell The Wrap.

"Twitter will win because the legal demand violates the First Amendment and was issued under improper legal authority," Jennifer Stisa Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, told entertainment website.

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, said to The Wrap: "As best I can tell, there is no crime here."

In the suit, Twitter says it received a demand from U.S. officials for records to unmask the anti-Trump account — @ALT_uscis — which claims to be run by federal immigration employees.

"The rights of free speech afforded Twitter's users and Twitter itself under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution include a right to disseminate such anonymous or pseudonymous political speech," Twitter said in the lawsuit.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a defendant in the lawsuit, declined to comment.

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