On Friday the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s inspector general said he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a case that triggered a lawsuit against the department by Twitter Inc.
Inspector General John Roth described the probe in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden. The Oregon Democrat had asked for an investigation due to concerns about free speech protections.
In a lawsuit on April 6, Twitter disclosed that it received a summons in March from the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. The agency is within Homeland Security. The suit demanded records about an account on the social media platform identified by the handle @ALT_uscis.
The account has featured posts critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Twitter complained in its lawsuit that the summons was an unlawful attempt to suppress dissent.
The day after the suit was filed, the agency dropped its demand of Twitter.
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