Japan Top Court Orders Twitter to Delete Posts on Past Arrest


Tokyo, June 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court overturned a high court ruling Friday, ordering Twitter Inc. to delete 14 posts referring to a man's arrest in the past.

In the lawsuit, the man demanded the removal of the Twitter posts, claiming that they infringed his personal rights. He was arrested for trespassing in 2012, and paid a fine later.

Following the arrest, his name was reported by the media. Twitter posts featuring news articles on his arrest have been left accessible via Twitter's search function.

At the top court's Second Petty Bench on Friday, Presiding Justice Koichi Kusano said that the Twitter posts were apparently intended as news flashes and not supposed to be seen by Twitter users for a long time.

The top court noted that the arrest happened a long ago, and that news articles featured in the Twitter posts have already been deleted. It also said that posts on the man's arrest did not especially attract public attention, and that he was not in a public position.

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