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Twitter Appealing Court Order To Turn Over Tweets

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

July 20, 2012

Twitter is appealing a judge’s ruling last month that the company turn over posts made by an Occupy Wall Street protester during a three-month stretch last fall. The company filed a notice of appeal in New York criminal court on July 17, Bloomberg reports. “At Twitter, we are committed to fighting for our users,” said Twitter’s legal counsel. “Accordingly, we are appealing this decision which, in our view, doesn’t strike the right balance between the rights of our users and the interests of law enforcement.” In ruling the company turn over the tweets, State Supreme Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino, Jr., said, “What you give to the public belongs to the public.”
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