Watchdog investigating possible DHS overstep with Twitter summons

Watchdog investigating possible DHS overstep with Twitter summons

Source: UPI A government watchdog is investigating whether the Department of Homeland Security overstepped its legal authority when it issued a sum

The U.S. Government Is Trying to Unmask an Anonymous Anti-Trump Twitter Account
U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case
U.S. Homeland Security probes possible abuse in Twitter summons case
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A government watchdog is investigating whether the Department of Homeland Security overstepped its legal authority when it issued a summons to Twitter, seeking to have the company reveal the individuals behind a parody account critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policy. File photo by PiXXart/Shutterstock.

April 22 (UPI) — A government watchdog is investigating the Department of Homeland Security for a summons to Twitter, seeking to unmask the person behind an anonymous account critical of the Trump administration.

Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth said he is investigating an incident on March 14, when U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents sent a summons to Twitter, seeking to have the company reveal who is behind the account @ALT_USCIS. The account is one of dozens that popped up shortly after Trump took office, purporting to represent the real views of dissenters within the federal bureaucracy. The account remains active, run anonymously and tweeting out criticisms of Trump and the actual U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Twitter refused to comply with the…

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