Twitter Will Appeal Court Order To Release Protester’s Tweets

Think all the big tech companies could give a shoot less about your privacy concerns? Think again.

Twitter is smacking the ball back at the U.S. government and appealing a court order to release a protester’s tweets.

Your move, cyber spies!

In a case that is ping-ponging back and forth fast enough to give you whiplash, Twitter’s legal counsel, Benjamin Lee, announced Twitter’s decision to appeal the court order earlier today:



To refresh your memory, the City of New York sent a subpoena to Twitter in February demanding it release all of Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris’ tweets between September 15 and December 31 2011, in connection with his participation in an October 1 Occupy Wall Street protest on Brooklyn Bridge.

Things went back and forth for a bit, with Harris and then Twitter each challenging the subpoena. And then earlier this month, a judge ruled that the tweets needed to be released and that he would review them and share only relevant parts with prosecutors. This from a judge who doesn’t seem to get hashtags or Facebook friending.

So where will this all end? No idea, but it’s good to know that Twitter is trying to protect users’ privacy (even though “online privacy” is really an oxymoron).

What do you make of all this back and forth? And what of this “balance” Twitter hopes to strike? We’re guessing that curious statement will be clarified soon.

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