Twitter Ordered to Submit ‘Occupy Movement’ Data

A New York Judge has ordered Twitter to submit user data on an account related to an Occupy Movement protester:

The case, which the judge called one of “first impression,” concerns Malcolm Harris, who was among hundreds arrested Oct. 1 in an Occupy movement march along the Brooklyn Bridge.

Prosecutors sought tweets made to Harris’ account “to refute the defendant’s anticipated defense, that the police either led or escorted the defendant into stepping onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge.”

While the outcome was expected, the case was being closely watched as the authorities increasingly monitor and move to access material posted on social networks. And the decision comes as Twitter reported that, for the first six months of the year, the United States sought information on Twitter user accounts 679 times, and Twitter produced some or all of the information 75 percent of the time.

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