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Twitter super-injunction whistleblower sued by mystery adversary

Twitter is facing a legal showdown with over super-injunctions. Someone known only as CTB is suing the microblogging service and the unknown Twitter users who last week named names.

Twitter is facing a super-injunction showdown with a mysterious challenger. Someone known only as CTB is suing the microblogging service in London, along with the unknown Twitter users who revealed alleged details of celebrities that have taken out so-called super-injunctions.

Court filings reveal the mysterious CTB's legal challenge, but further details are confidential. Businessweek reports that a previous case involving an athlete covering up an affair with a reality TV star referred to the sporting saucebucket as CTB. Coincidence? Hard to say.

Twitter hit the headlines last week when an unknown user setup a feed that named names of TV and sport stars alleged to have gagged the press on the subject of assorted trysts, peccadilloes and indiscretions. The super-injunctions make it illegal to even mention that there is a super-injunction. That's some catch, that Catch-22... it's the best there is.

Of course, we all want to know who's been putting their whatsits where they don't belong, and Twitter isn't subject to the restrictions placed on the press. Public craving to know which celebrities were behind the super-injunctions saw a record number of Brits flock to Twitter on the day the whistleblower made their revelations.

It's not just plucky Twitter users naming names: an MP recently used parliamentary privilege to attack super-injunctions by revealing a senior banker's alleged affair.

Whether the courts will force Twitter to reveal the details of the cheeky scamp behind the super-injunction revelations remains to be seen. Do you think Twitter should protect its users, or should the weight of the law apply to anonymous tweeters? Share your thoughts in the comments.