South Tyneside Council fights Twitter on its home turf

The mysterious blogger, Mr Monkey, and his lurid allegations against various South Tyneside councillors have led the council to take action to unmask related Twitter accounts.

Richard Moss, of the BBC, said the council has set “an international legal precedent” by winning a court case in California to compel Twitter to release the details of some of its account holders. This is understood to be the first time anyone from the UK has gone to America to challenge the anonymity of Twitter users. The Giggs-gate/Twitter proceedings were played out in the High Court in London.

Ahmed Khan, independent South Shields councillor and Mr Monkey suspect no. 1, said he was told by Twitter the information released included IP identities, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.

Tweeters beware. It’s open season.