Feeds

Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets

Under seal until 99 per center's appeal

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Twitter has succumed to threats of contempt of court charges and significant fines, and has handed over a trove of tweets from Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris to a Manhattan Criminal Court.

The tweets had been subpoenaed by the Manhattan district attorney's office, which demanded that Twitter provide it with access to Harris' account and three months of tweets, which were no longer available online.

According to the BBC, prosecutors believe the messages will bolster their case against Harris, who has pleaded not guilty. In his defense, he claims that police had lured 700 protestors – Harris among them – onto the Brooklyn Bridge, only to arrest them for obstructing traffic.

Twitter had fought the subpoena, citing privacy laws, but buckled under on Friday, the deadline set by the court, after the company's lawyers made one last plea to the judge to stay the order to hand over the tweets, which he refused.

Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino will keep the tweets under seal pending an appeal filed by Harris' attorney, which is scheduled to be heard within seven days. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION
Environmental activist walks free after hoax sent share price over a cliff
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.