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Should Twitter reveal the identity of its users?

South Tyneside Council says Twitter has released information after it acted in a US court to identify a Twitter user behind allegedly libellous statements.

The council went to court in California after three councillors and an official complained they were libelled in a blog called “Mr Monkey”.

Council spokesman Paul Robinson said information had been disclosed by Twitter to its lawyers.

This was “being analysed by technical experts”, he added.