New sources report that legal pressure has forced Twitter to hand over messages sent by an occupy Wall Street protester. The Manhattan district attorney’s office requested information from the Twitter account of Malcolm Harris to assist in their case against him. Mr Harris has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Twitter has resisted the requests to release messages until now as it would undermine privacy laws. However if the direct messages were not handed over byt the 14 September, Twitter would have been in contempt of court and faced substantial fines.
Mr Harris was one of roughly 700 protesters arrested during demonstrations in New York in October 2011. The protests spilled over onto the Brooklyn Bridge and Mr Harris claims that police action prompted protesters to move on to the bridge so they could then be arrested for obstructing traffic.
Twitter has now surrendered the messages as requested to the court where the trial is taking place, but they will remain uninspected while an appeal lodged by Mr Harris’ lawyer is heard.
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