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Twitter Gives Court Protester’s Posts

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 17, 2012

After months of fighting a subpoena, Twitter has given a U.S. judge the online posts of Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris, Reuters reports. The tweets, which were handed over to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino, will remain under seal while a request for a stay by Harris is heard in a higher court, the report states. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed an amicus brief supporting Twitter’s appeal. EFF’s Marcia Hofmann called it a “canary-in-a-coal-mine case,” adding “companies will look at this case and say it’s not a good idea to push back against governments we think are overreaching.”
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