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Twitter ordered to hand over protestor's data or be fined

A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled on Tuesday that Twitter has three days to produce information about an Occupy Wall Street protestor or pay a fine.

More than 70 days after his original ruling, Judge Matthew A Sciarrino Jr. told the micro-blogging site yesterday that if it doesn't hand over the requested information, the company will be required to provide the last two quarters of its earnings statements in order for him to decide on appropriate damages, according to Bloomberg.

Malcolm Harris and several hundred other protesters were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in October after marching onto the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge. In January, the New York County District Attorney's Office requested that Twitter turn over Harris' email address and all tweets posted between 15 September and 31 December to the @destructuremal account.

In late January, Twitter said it would not comply with the subpoena until the Criminal Court ruled on the issue. In a 20 April decision, Judge Matthew A Sciarrino, Jr. sided with the city, likening Harris' tweets to bank records.

Twitter disagreed and filed a motion to quash the judge's order, but he ruled against the micro-blogging site a month later. Twitter appealed, but lost again this week.

Losing this case could open the San Francisco-based company to more subpoenas for its users, Bloomberg said.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In July, Twitter released its first transparency report, which details government data requests as well as takedown notices from countries around the world.

The following month, Twitter complied with a court order and turned over details to New York authorities about a user who threatened to kill people at a Manhattan theatre.