bakedjake - 10:10 pm on May 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
Ah. More details:
The council in question, Tyneside, took the case to the legal superior court of California, which in turn issued a subpoena to Twitter on April 14th 2011.
On April 15th Khan was notified by Twitter of the subpoena and was asked if he wanted to dispute it in court. He declined. On May 5th, Twitter released the details.
An enormously significant part of this story, missed by The Telegraph’s original article, is that the user chose not to fight the order in court.
In summary, this is NOT a landmark case marking the end of free speech online. It is only a landmark of any sort in that it’s the first time Twitter has actually released user info without a user contesting.