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Twitter has warned the owner of an account spoofing a newspaper executive that they are to reveal his identity to the company.
Northcliffe Media, which is owned by the Daily Mail Group, issued a subpoena to the social network through a Californian court.
The company said the tweets were "obsessive and offensive".
"I can confirm we have taken action to ask Twitter for help in identifying the individual in order to protect our staff from harassment," Mr Auckland said in a statement.
A UK newspaper group has withdrawn its legal action over a Twitter account spoofing its chief executive.
Northcliffe Media, owned by the Daily Mail, filed a subpoena in the US to have the identity of '@UnSteveDorkland' revealed.
But the account holder successfully challenged the order and the media group has subsequently backed down.
The still-anonymous tweeter described the case on Friday as "shameful and unnecessary".