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Twitter will hand over details of Brits who've tweeted 'bad things'

The head of Twitter's operations in Europe says individual users who defied the super-injunction will have to defend themselves.

The newly appointed head of Twitter's European operations, Tony Wang, has sent a strong message to British Twitter users who tweeted that footballer's name and broke the super-injunction, BBC News reports.

Speaking at the e-G8 conference in Paris, Wang said people who did "bad things" would have to defend themselves in the courts.

Social media commenters had previously suggested it would be very hard for anyone to take legal action against British tweeters because the servers were based in the US. That view didn't cut it with Wang, who said Twitter would hand over user information to the courts if legally required.

We'll have to see how the no-longer-a-mystery legal challenge against Twitter affects what data it shares about individual users. In reality, with tens of thousands of people having used Twitter to break the super-injunction, it'd be a logistical nightmare to bring each of them to court.

We've seen how farcical the tracking of those involved in music and film piracy can become, and we imagine even worse problems here -- particularly as you only need an email address to sign up to the service.

Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, suggested Britain would have a hard time convincing the US to hand over user details. "The US is going to be absolutely inflexible on this point. [Free speech] is in the constitution," he said. Sorry, did someone say "WikiLeaks"?

Despite Wang's sentiments, we can't help feeling Twitter must be pretty pleased with the whole affair situation. Ahem. It recorded its highest ever traffic day as a result of the naming and shaming. We're a nosey bunch, us Brits.