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Twitter to appeal ruling on Occupy protest tweets

- Associated Press - Friday, July 20, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter Inc. says it will appeal a court's ruling requiring the company to release an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets.

The Wall Street Journal ( http://on.wsj.com/MNU977) reports that a lawyer for the company announced the decision to appeal on Twitter on Thursday.

Lawyer Benjamin Lee said the ruling "doesn't strike the right balance between the rights of users and the interests of law enforcement."

The tweets are expected be used against Malcolm Harris.

He was among 700 people arrested on disorderly conduct charges during an Oct. 1 Occupy march on the Brooklyn Bridge. The case has evolved into a closely watched legal tussle over law enforcement agencies' access to material posted on social networks.

Harris' attorney said he was pleased with Twitter's decision to appeal.

The Manhattan DA declined to comment.

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Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com

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