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Thursday July 24, 2014

Twitter Defends User’s Privacy Over #OWS Subpoena

Protesters at the Occupy Wall Street protest i...

Protesters at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After NYer and Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris recently lost the court battle over city officials attempting to procure months of old tweets regarding the Occupy Wall Street Brooklyn Bridge March, in which 700 protesters including Harris were arrested, Twitter has stepped up to the plate to defend his case. Officials are trying to use a subpoena to allow access to tweets from before and after the march that may reveal that Harris had knowledge that protestors had been ordered not to march across the bridge.

According to the AP Judge Matthew Sciarrino argues that Harris has no ownership of his tweets and therefore, has no right to its protection. Twitter lawyers, however, counters that their customer agreement explicitly states that users do, in fact, own any posts they make to Twitter. Furthermore, the Stored Communications Act gives account holders the right to defend the against demands for their records.

The case has yet to be resolved; though, Twitter seems adamant about defending the rights of their customers.

Associated Press