Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crossing the Pond by Subpoena to Get Brit Twitterer's Personal Data

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 26:  A chimpanze...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe Herald Scotland reports that the South Tyneside Council of the coastal town of South Shields, England, has brought a California legal action against San Francisco-based Twitter to ferret out the identity of Mr. Monkey.

What sounds like a prolonged Monty Python sketch may have profound implications for social media users in the U.K. A pseudonymous microblogger, "Mr. Monkey," has been posting allegedly false and defamatory remarks about South Tyneside councillors and staffers. Suit was instituted in California and a subpoena sent to Twitter seeking personal information concerning the Mr. Monkey account.  Twitter did not comment in The Herald Scotland article.

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