A US court has ordered Twitter to release old messages and details about a user arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest in New York.
The micro-blogging firm contested the subpoena, saying the tweets were owned by users rather than the company.
But a judge said defendant Malcolm Harris’ privacy would not be violated if the material was handed over.
Earlier, the American Civil Liberties Union commended Twitter for defending free speech rights.
If you post a tweet, just like if you scream it out the window, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, Judge Matthew Sciarrino wrote in his decision.
Nevertheless, the judge said he would personally review the information and would only release the relevant sections to prosecution and defence lawyers — via redwolf.newsvine.com