On Monday, a New York criminal court judge denied Twitter’s motion (PDF) to stop a court order that requires the company to produce information about one of its users, an Occupy Wall Street protestor. The move appears to open the door to Twitter’s release of the data in question, lest the company face being in contempt of court.
Malcolm Harris, aka @destructuremal, was charged with Disorderly Conduct in a state criminal case filed by the state of New York late last year. In January, state prosecutors subpoenaed Twitter “seeking the defendant’s account information and tweets for their relevance in the ongoing criminal investigation” for the period of September 15, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Specifically, the prosecutor appears to be interested in more than the contents of the tweets themselves. The subpoena would include the IP address he logged in from, direct messages, deleted messages, how long each login lasted, dates, time, and possible location information.
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