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Court Orders Twitter To Release Protester's Tweets

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 3, 2012

A judge has ruled Twitter must turn over the posts made by an Occupy Wall Street protester during a three-month stretch last fall, the Associated Press reports. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino, Jr., also decided he would review the posts, providing only "relevant portions" to prosecutors. Twitter called the judgment disappointing and is considering its next move, adding, "We continue to have a steadfast commitment to our users and their rights." Meanwhile, Twitter released its first transparency report, which revealed that 80 percent of law enforcement requests for user data stem from American agencies. According to the company, "We've received more government requests in the first half of 2012...than in the entirety of 2011."
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