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UK Daily Mail
May 30, 2011

Twitter has been forced to hand over the details of users of its website in a landmark legal ruling.

The case was brought by a council seeking to uncover the identity of a blogger who criticised officials and councillors.

South Tyneside Council went to the U.S. courts to force Twitter to reveal the person behind the ‘Mr Monkey’ account.

The case could have widespread implications for users of the social networking site, and lead to a flood of actions by lawyers  trying to find out the names of anonymous posters in order to sue them.

It could also have implications in the case of Ryan Giggs, whose lawyers have demanded Twitter reveal which users named him as the footballer with a privacy injunction over his affair with model Imogen Thomas.

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