Twitter is suing the US government because it has to identify its users to the state without telling those customers that it is helping with the state’s surveillance. Twitter can’t even tell us how many requests it’s had from the government, or the nature of those requests.
But what is free speech and should it include the right to troll and abuse others, or to plot revolutions or crimes? Are we responsible enough to be allowed free speech and do we really value this right enough to fight for it? Do we want to undermine those who have used Twitter to plan uprisings against brutal dictators?
Ultimately it’s a question of which frightens us most – state surveillance or ad hoc violence and abuse.