The Manhattan District attorney recently faxed Twitter a subpoena asking the social media company to appear in court and to bring “any and all user information” related to the Twitter account of Occupy Wall Street protester Malcolm Harris. (No, it wasn’t because Mr. Harris started the rumor that Radiohead was playing in Zuccotti Park: the subpoena is related to Mr. Harris’s alleged disorderly conduct during the famous Saturday march that got more than 700 protesters arrested for walking in the street over the Brooklyn Bridge.) Yesterday, Mr. Harris’s lawyer asked the court to toss the subpoena, calling overbroad, improper and abusive, according to the New York Times. But would Twitter have heeded the call?
Twitter’s policy is to notify users when there has been a request for information on their accounts, so Mr. Harris got a note from Twitter letting him know his account was under scrutiny, which is somewhat comforting: at least you’ll know when they want to know. In the meantime, Mr. Harris has changed his Twitter bio: “real stories, callous revolutionary fervor, trickery ALL TWEETS PROPERTY OF TWITTER, INC.”