Vice News: Software chat online is getting a lot of attention as the tech industry is grappling with how to handle this sort of thing.
A group of California lawyers filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Twitter is violating its terms of service by allowing the use of chat software that is available for free online.
The suit, filed in California state court by a group of plaintiffs called the Electronic Frontier Foundation, alleges that the company has violated its terms by allowing users to send and receive tweets without their knowledge or consent.
Twitter’s Terms of Service allow users to post a link to a page, sign up for a Twitter account and send private messages to other users.
The terms also allow users who have not signed up for an account to send messages to their friends, family and followers.
The Electronic Frontier foundation has filed similar claims with a handful of other states and has filed an amicus brief in support of the California suit.
In a statement to Vice News, Twitter said it has “zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination and abuse.”
“We’ve had more than 100,000 people send us messages about the lawsuit and support it, so we’re excited to see it finally go forward,” Twitter spokesperson Michael Lacey said in the statement.
“We’ll continue to support the rights of the people who want to use our service.”
This is not the first time Twitter has faced lawsuits from its users.
In 2015, the company settled with the ACLU of California over a controversial feature called “trolling,” which allows users to share fake news stories and then link to those stories.
In addition to the California lawsuit, a group called the New York State Bar Association filed a class action lawsuit in March claiming that Twitter was violating its code of conduct by allowing its users to abuse and harass people with impunity.
Twitter has a large and growing user base.
The company has more than 250 million active users, according to Quantcast.