Twitter Caves To Justice, Hands Over Occupy Wall Street Tweets

Twitter avoids fine by handing over user's tweets to court.

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    In the hands of justice.

    The wheels of justice have run over Twitter, Inc.

    The San Francisco-based social media platform will hand over to a New York criminal judge tweets created by an Occupy Wall Street protester, according to reports.

    The protester, Malcom Harris, was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011 during "a mass protest," according to the Associated Press.

    The prosecution sought the tweets in order to prove that police did not lead protesters onto the bridge in order to arrest them, as the defense alleges.

    Twitter faced a contempt of court violation and a "substantial fine" if it declined to surrender the "micro-blogging posts," according to reports. The company agreed before a Friday deadline to comply with the prosecutors' wishes.