Twitter Fights Against Court Order For Occupier's Tweets

Usually quite the helpful source when it comes to co-operating with legal requests for users' data, Twitter appears to have done a 180 - and instead of complying with a recent court order, it decided to oppose it.

Prosecutors in New York are seeking to gain access to the Twitter account of an Occupy Wall Street protestor, but the microblogging service counteracted this request by filing a motion on Monday that would quash the court order.

The Twitter user in question? A gentleman by the name of Malcolm Harris - you might remember him from the controversial decision made by a New York judge whereby he ruled that tweets could be used in court.

However, Twitter has circumvented this verdict and stated that in order to access Harris' data, they would need a search warrant - citing a recent Supreme Court decision which established that the attachment of a GPS device is deemed to be a search under the Fourth Amendment, guarding against unreasonable searches and seizures.

"If the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement applies merely to surveillance of one's location in public areas for 28 days, it also applies to the District Attorney's effort to force Twitter to produce over three months worth of a citizen's substantive communications, regardless of whether the government alleges those communications are public or private," wrote Twitter in its motion.

Twitter 1 - Prosecutors 0.

The company also stated that Harris owns each and every single one of his tweets, giving him the right to file a motion that would enable him to quash it on his own.

"Twitter's Terms of Service make absolutely clear that its users own their content," explained a spokesperson from Twitter. "Our filing with the court reaffirms our steadfast commitment to defending those rights for our users."

We'll have to wait and see what the outcome is, but to see a company lend such huge support to its users really epitomises the true meaning of Twitter - and that is, a genuine 'social network'.

Source: Mashable