NISKAYUNA – Social media giant Twitter will be required to “preserve and maintain” certain information for an account that is accused of defaming the daughter of former Niskayuna town board member Denise Murphy McGraw.
In court documents filed Wednesday, Schenectady County Supreme Court Judge Mark Powers said Twitter must “preserve and maintain, but not disclose to the Petitioner without further order by this court: the log data, account information, direct messages, tweets and other information in its possession that could identify the person or persons responsible for posts under the handle @niskyfails.”
Caroline McGraw, a 2018 graduate of Niskayuna High School who is currently attending college in Washington D.C., filed the lawsuit last Friday requesting information regarding who runs the account.
In court documents, McGraw says that she wants the information in order to make the proprietors of the account stop tweeting about her. If the account fails to follow the request, the court documents contend, the person or persons behind the account could be criminally liable for fourth-degree stalking. McGraw claims in her suit against Twitter that she is unable to take any action because she does not know the name of the individual or individuals operating the account.
She says the account has caused her emotional harm due to being the subject of “public contempt, ridicule,” and is harming her professional prospects.
Both McGraw and her mother have been mentioned numerous times in tweets from the @niskyfails account, including over the last few days.
This week, the account’s follower count has jumped from 67 followers Monday to 133 as of Wednesday afternoon.