After months of resistance, Twitter has reportedly agreed to provide the Manhattan District Attorney's office with information about user Malcolm Harris, who was arrested for disorderly conduct in October during an Occupy Wall Street protest. The company (and Harris) had sought to deny the DA's request ever since the October 1st incident — which saw hundreds detained for blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge — but faced with contempt of court (and consequential fines), it seems Twitter has finally relented on the matter.
I can understand legally being forced to hand over a user's information, I guess, but the problem is that it appears that Twitter released the information so they wouldn't have to make their own financial records public:
New York State Supreme Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. in Manhattan today said Twitter must produce the information by Sept. 14 or provide its earnings statements from the last two quarters so he can decide on a fine.
That's some sad shit, right there. It's looking like Twitter flipped because it was scared about potential investors seeing how much (or how little) they're making. For a communications company—and make no mistake, Twitter is a communications company, not just a social media company—this is very bad form. If the people who handle your private messages are craven snitches, you're going to stop trusting them with your private messages.