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US govt drops Twitter lawsuit over ‘rogue’ alt-government account

US govt drops Twitter lawsuit over ‘rogue’ alt-government account
US Customs and Border Protection is no longer suing Twitter over the identity of who’s behind an “alt-government” account critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. But at least one US senator is concerned this may not be the end.

Less than 24 hours after Twitter counter-sued CBP and the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday for demanding the social media company “unmask” the account @ALT_uscis, the US government dropped its lawsuit, CNN Money reported. In turn, Twitter dropped its countersuit.

READ MORE: Twitter sues US govt for ‘unlawful’ attempt at exposing ‘rogue’ immigration account

The account appears to be handled by a "rogue" agent of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and is among many other similar alt-government accounts that sprang up following a crackdown on official social media accounts by the Trump administration soon after January 20.

“We want to thank @twitter and @aclu for standing up for the right of free anonymous speech,” tweeted @ALT_uscis on Friday. “Thank you resistance for standing up for us.”

Other alt-government accounts showed their support, including a Facebook page for Alt National Park Service.

A US senator also responded Friday. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) sent a letter to CBP “asking for an explanation to ensure this doesn't happen again.”

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