The company surrendered the micro-blogging posts to Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew Sciarrino but they will remain under seal until another appeal by the protestor, Malcolm Harris, is argued next week.
Harris was one of hundreds arrested during a mass protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011. The Manhattan district attorney’s office wants the tweets, which are no longer available online, to try to undermine Harris’ argument that police officers appeared to lead protesters on to the bridge’s roadway only to arrest them for obstructing traffic.
Twitter had faced a Friday deadline to comply with the subpoena or face contempt and a substantial fine. In court on Friday, the company’s lawyers asked one last time for the judge to stay his order but he refused and they turned over the documents to him.
The surrender of Harris’ tweets comes just as the Occupy movement prepares to mark its one-year anniversary next week.
This is why the disinformation tactics of Anon are smart. This is also why paying attention to the ethnography of Tricia Wang is so important.
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- gardenlilie said: kenyatta…what does this mean for all of us who tweet. Are we all susceptible if somebody thinks we said something wrong. Possibly it is like your phone conversation with a friend, just cause you say something doesn’t always mean what you say.
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