SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security Department's inspector general said on Friday he was investigating possible abuse of authority in a very case that triggered a legal case contrary to the department by Twitter Inc (N:TWTR).
Inspector General John Roth described the probe within a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who had called for a search because of concerns about freedom of expression protections.
In legal action on April 6, Twitter disclosed not wearing running shoes received a summons in March in the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, a professional within Homeland Security, demanding records a good account around the social media platform recognized by the handle @ALT_uscis.
The account has featured posts critical of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, leading Twitter to complain to use lawsuit that this summons was an unlawful attempt to suppress dissent.
The agency dropped its need for Twitter the day after the suit was filed.
Customs bureau spokesman Mike Friel said on Friday that your bureau requested the inspector general's review and definately will fully support it.
The people behind the Twitter account never have disclosed their identities, though the usage of "ALT" using a government agency acronym has led many to imagine government employees were behind the tweets critical of Trump.
The lawsuit said the account "states to be" the task of at least one federal immigration employee. USCIS will be the acronym of America Citizenship and Immigration Services, a part of Homeland Security.
Roth's office is faced with a investigating waste, fraud and abuse within Homeland Security. He wrote in their letter that she was considering perhaps the summons to Twitter "was improper the slightest bit, including whether CBP abused its authority."
"DHS OIG is additionally reviewing potential broader misuse of summons authority at the department," he added.
Wyden's office posted the letter online. An agent for Roth cannot immediately be reached for comment. A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment.