Supreme Court Shuts Down Elon Musk’s X Appeal To Disclose When The Gov’t Requests User Info

The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a challenge brought by Elon Musk’s X, formerly known as Twitter, against the government’s “unconstitutional” censorship of its Transparency Report.

The company filed its lawsuit in 2014 after the FBI said it could not publish a report disclosing how many times the government requested user information for national security investigations. In a brief order Monday, the Supreme Court rejected without explanation the company’s appeal of a decision backing the government’s restriction.

“If this Court does not intervene, different standards will apply in different circuits when entities like Twitter want to disclose how and how often the Government has demanded information from them,” X wrote in its petition to the Supreme Court. “History demonstrates that the surveillance of electronic communications is both a fertile ground for government abuse and a lightning-rod political topic of intense concern to the public.”

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