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Twitter Case Exposes the Downside of Grandstanding


But that rhetoric may come back to haunt the microblogging service: A state superior court judge in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order forcing Twitter to keep providing a smaller startup with a river of Twitter data. Twitter wants to curtail the data access amid a broader crackdown on use of its stream of tweets and relationship data, but the startup, San Francisco-based PeopleBrowsr, says Twitter created the impression the data would remain available for a long period of time. “Twitter has built its business on the promise of openness,” PeopleBrowser wrote of the case on its blog. In court papers it added that “Twitter has repeatedly and consistently promised that it would maintain an ‘open ecosystem’ for its data.”

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