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Twitter Inc. (TWTR) Falls After Refusing Government Call to Reveal Trump Critic; Co-founder Dumps Shares

­Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) opened the markets in red on April 7, after filing suit against the government who is pushing the social media platform to reveal the identity behind an anonymous account which have been critical against the Trump administration. twitter is currently trading at $14.35, or a decline of 0.24%.

Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) decided to sue and protect the digital privacy of the people or peoples behind the @ALT_USCIS handle, which according to government claims, is the work of at least one federal immigration employee. Following Trump’s vow to build a wall as part of his campaign against illegal immigrants, “alt” accounts have spread, taking on the names and images of government agencies and calling out the campaign, Reuters reported.

Moreover, the company said it was compelled to sue after recognizing that the directive and reasoning by the government were “unlawful,” the New York Times said in a report.

In other news, Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) co-founder Evan Williams is unloading a huge chunk of his shares. He sold about $4 million as per an SEC filing, but a spokesperson told CNBC that the plan is to sell 30%.

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The Bottom Line

Traders are selling their Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) shares after they filed suit against the government over an anonymous user’s digital privacy. Here are 10 countries where Twitter is growing faster than Facebook.

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