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In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, pedestrians cross the street in front of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Social media giant Twitter is suing the U.S. government, claiming that federal restrictions which limit the company from revealing government requests for user data are a violation of Twitter’s First Amendment rights.

The company said it seeks to detail the type of data the government requests on national security grounds “by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance,” Twitter’s vice-president, Ben Lee, said.

In its Oct. 6 suit, Twitter described itself as a “global information sharing and distribution network serving over 271 million monthly active users around the world.” Though the social media network only allows short messages or tweets of no more than 140 characters, it boasts a global audience.

The social media giant seeks permission to publish the full version of its transparency report, which includes details on the number of national security letters and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court orders the company has received from the government, “even if the number is zero.”

In a blog post, Lee explained that the company has tried to reach a level of transparency with its users to no success due to these restrictions.

“We’ve tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail,” Lee wrote. “In April, we provided a draft Transparency Report addendum to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a report which we hoped would provide meaningful transparency for our users. After many months of discussions, we were unable to convince them to allow us to publish even a redacted version of the report.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, much of the company’s drive to provide more candid transparency to its users derives from Edward Snowden’s disclosure on the amount of data the National Security Agency collects on American citizens. Twitter, as well as Microsoft Corp., Google and other technology conglomerates are working to regain public’s trust that the companies are protecting their private information.

Department of Justice spokesperson Emily Pierce told The (U.K.) Daily Mail that though similar complaints have been raised by other tech companies, an agreement between these companies and the government allows them to disclose only a broad number of court orders they receive for the sake of protecting the national security.

“Earlier this year, the government addressed similar concerns raised in a lawsuit brought by several major tech companies,” she said. “There, the parties worked collaboratively to allow tech companies to provide broad information on government requests while also protecting national security.”