Court decides that tweets are not private, can be subpoenaed

Twitter’s attempt to stand up for its users fails in court

The latest legal question emerging from the murky depths of social media is: can tweets be subpoenaed? One judge, at least, thinks they can.

This all began with Occupy Wall Street, oddly enough. Malcolm Harris was protesting in conjunction with the movement when he was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge last year, along with around 700 others. Prosecutors attempted to subpoena his email address, Twitter login information and all of the tweets he sent between Sept. 5, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011.

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