Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets
Under seal until 99 per center's appeal
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. ®
Although Twitter's attempt to fight this was admirable, it seems to me the best defense against being forced to hand over records is simply not to have them. Why do they need to keep a copy of tweets that are "no longer available online"?
I'm not a Twitter user though, so if there's actually a good reason, I'd be curious to know.
Two points here, one thumb up, the other thumb down.
Firstly, "Twitter bows to subpoena, releases Occupy protester's tweets":
And so they should, this is how the law works, you want something, you MUST obtain a court order to get it.
Without a court order, you get Jack Schitt.
If this were not the case, you'd be living in a Police state. And I don't mean that in a figurative sense, it really is unpleasant constanly looking over your shoulder every time you scratch your arse.
Secondly, Harris is knob for thinking Twitter is his private communcations system.
There are many other ways of communicating in non-tracable means, he chose none of them.
Re: RE: Old Handle
If you really want/value privacy you don't use any of them.