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Twitter Fights Back to Protect ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protestor (Wired)
Twitter is standing firm against a court order to turn over user data related to an Occupy Wall Street protestor. The social media giant filed an appeal on Monday asking for a New York appeals court to reconsider earlier rulings ordering the social network giant to give the government tweets and account information on two Twitter accounts believed to have been used by magazine editor Malcolm Harris. PC Magazine In June, a New York judge ruled that Twitter had to hand over three months’ worth of tweets written by Harris, one of 700 protestors charged last fall during a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. His Twitter account will allegedly prove Harris’ failure to comply with police orders, the New York district attorney has said. CNET Twitter’s legal filing represents an ambitious effort to ground federal privacy law in the Fourth Amendment and persuade judges to take the privacy rights of Internet users more seriously. Even though the Fourth Amendment prevents “unreasonable” seizures by police, courts have not consistently extended that to the Internet data — not just posts on Twitter, but email, remote backups, cloud-based files such as documents and spreadsheets, and so on. GigaOM The ACLU has filed a brief to support Twitter’s appeal. In a statement, ACLU attorney Aden Fine, said “Under the First and Fourth Amendments, we have the right to speak freely on the Internet, safe in the knowledge that the government can’t get information about our speech without a warrant and without satisfying First Amendment scrutiny.” TechCrunch Along with announcing the appeal, Twitter attorney Benjamin Lee tweeted: “Twitter users own their Tweets. They have a right to fight invalid government requests, and we continue to stand with them in that fight.” VentureBeat In related news, has stopped displaying the names of third-party Twitter clients in tweets. It’s an outward sign of the service’s growing pains as it transitions away from a consumer client free-for-all.

Facebook Doesn’t Care About Joe Biden (BuzzFeed)
Just a couple weeks behind Twitter, Facebook has gotten into the political data game. Like Twitter’s Political Index, Facebook’s Election Insights tool (hosted by CNN) was created in conjunction with a third-party data processing company; Facebook used Mass Relevance while Twitter worked with Topsy. CNN This tool displays the real-time number of people talking about President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan. Facebook-CNN Election Insights — found at — displays dynamic, real-time charts and visualizations using Facebook Insights to gauge the volume of Facebook activity surrounding the election and candidates. The Next Web Twitter has undoubtedly been doing a better job of building a reputation as the go-to service for media organizations looking to do real-time social polling. But Facebook has a lot of data as well, and it’s obviously looking to make that data available to users and organizations in pleasantly formatted ways like this tool.

Founders of Diaspora, Intended as the Anti-Facebook, Move on (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
Two summers ago, a quartet of students at New York University started an ambitious project called Diaspora that was intended to be an open alternative to Facebook, one that would give its users greater control over their data and personal information. The founders said on Monday that they would turn the project over to the community of users who have adopted it.

Facebook, Romney’s Campaign Strategist Sound Off on Panel at GOP Convention (AllFacebook)
It’s all about engagement. That was the message from Katie Harbath, manager of policy for Facebook, in a briefing on social media and the 2012 campaign at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Monday.