New York - Twitter said it was appealing a court
ruling ordering it to turn over data on one of its users involved in the
Occupy Wall Street protest movement.
In a case watched closely
as a test of online freedom of speech, Twitter's attorney Benjamin Lee
said in a tweet: "We're appealing the Harris decision. It doesn't strike
the right balance between the rights of users and the interests of law
The announcement came weeks after Manhattan
criminal court Judge Matthew Sciarrino ruled that law enforcement had
the right to see tweets and other user data from Malcolm Harris, who is
being prosecuted for disorderly conduct in connection with an Occupy
protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in 2011.
The judge said that the tweets are not private information and thus not subject to the constitutional guarantee of privacy.
you post a tweet, just like if you scream it out the window, there is
no reasonable expectation of privacy," he said in an 11-page ruling.
American Civil Liberties Union and others have cited the case as a test
of free speech online. The ACLU said it hopes the decision is