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US Drops Effort to Force Twitter to Reveal Anti-Trump Account

It was also not immediately known whether the government had closed an investigation it said it was conducting into the Twitter account.

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April 11, 2017: The U.S. government on Friday dropped its effort to force Twitter to identify users behind an account critical of President Donald Trump, the social media company said.

In response, Twitter said it was dropping a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government that challenged the request to unmask the users.

Twitter had sued just a day earlier, claiming the government overstepped its authority in issuing a summons to reveal the account owners.

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The lawsuit said that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection had sought the identity of the users of Twitter handle @ALT-USCIS.

‘Alternative’ handles

The account describes itself as “immigration resistance.” Its creators told media outlets the account is run by current and former employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security.

It is one of several “alternative” handles purportedly created by current federal employees unhappy with the Trump administration.

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It was not immediately clear why the government withdrew its effort to identify the Twitter users. It was also not immediately known whether the government had closed an investigation it said it was conducting into the Twitter account.

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The American Civil Liberties Union praised the government’s decision to withdraw its request, saying in a tweet, “Big victory for free speech and the right to dissent.”  VOA

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Just Like Twitter, LinkedIn Starts Showing Trending Professional Stories

On desktop, it can be found on the right-hand side of the homepage, LinkedIn said.

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Just as in Twitter, on the LinkedIn mobile app, members can find the day's top stories on tapping inside the search bar. Pixabay

Taking a leaf out of Twitter’s book, Microsoft on Monday launched a new way for its over 55 million members of LinkedIn in the country to see the day’s top professional news stories and conversations happening around them — all in one place.

This new experience shows users a list of the top trending stories in India as they develop, along with diverse perspectives and opinions from other members on the platform.

The Microsoft-owned professional networking platform said each of these top stories is curated by the LinkedIn editorial team.

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The Microsoft-owned professional networking platform said each of these top stories is curated by the LinkedIn editorial team. Pixabay

“On mobile, it is currently ramped to 25 per cent members, and on desktop it is ramped to 90 per cent members in India,” LinkedIn said.

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Just as in Twitter, on the LinkedIn mobile app, members can find the day’s top stories on tapping inside the search bar.

On desktop, it can be found on the right-hand side of the homepage, LinkedIn said. (IANS)