By Julia Boorstin, CNBC Correspondent NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Who owns your tweets? What about all that personal information you've given Twitter? Or tweets you deleted? Or drafts you saved? Those questions are the focus of a battle Twitter is waging with a New York State judge. Twitter says that its users own their tweets, and all that personal information. The court says Twitter does, and should hand them over when subpoenaed. This week Twitter has filed an appeal to New York Supreme Court, the second time it's filed a motion in this case. Bottom line: Twitter says that it makes it clear in its terms of services that users own their content and they have "a right to fight invalid government requests," i.e. subpoenas.
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Twitter's legal counsel Ben Lee tweeted yesterday: "Twitter users own their Tweets. They have a right to fight invalid government requests, and we continue to stand with them in that fight." Twitter users aren't the only ones paying attention to this battle, which is sure to drag out into next year. The ultimate ruling could impact millions of users not just of Twitter, but also all the other social platforms. --Written by Julia Boorstin at CNBC