Twitter was fined $350,000 for withholding Trump’s data

Twitter has been fined $350k for withholding Trump’s data by the Justice Department. In relation to a search request for former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, the corporation declined to cooperate.

Back in January, the legal battle started. Jack Smith, the special counsel, was able to successfully obtain the search warrant for Donald Trump’s Twitter account. This was a key milestone in the ongoing investigation into claims that Trump was involved in interference with the orderly transfer of power following the 2020 presidential elections as well as the circumstances surrounding the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Trump being informed of the inquiry

Twitter took issue with the warrant’s demands for information and with the gag order that prevented it from informing Trump about the search. The First Amendment served as the foundation for Twitter’s February 1st argument, which emphasized that it shouldn’t be forced to provide records until the gag order problem was settled. The court, however, agreed with the government’s argument that a search warrant could cause former President Donald Trump to act obstructionist or even attempt to avoid punishment.

Twitter took a more aggressive posture on February 2nd, nullifying the nondisclosure order and claiming that it violated its right to communicate with its subscribers. Furthermore, the platform filed an appeal against the decision of the lower court. Although the appeal made its way to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the judgment was made in favor of the government. As a result, Twitter was imperiled to some major penalties. The platform was imposed with a fine of $50,000 that doubled with each day of non-compliance.

It was then that Twitter agreed to hand over the records consisting of draft tweets, direct messages, and information about account access. The data was handed over in three days. With the legal proceedings, the government granted the platform permission to inform Trump regarding the warrant’s content. The company was advised to cover up the case agent’s identity.

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