Twitter Inc. says it will appeal a court's ruling requiring the company to release an Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a lawyer for the company announced the decision to appeal on Twitter on Thursday.

The case has turned into a closely watched legal tussle over law enforcement agencies' access to material posted on social networks.

Benjamin Lee says the ruling "doesn't strike the right balance between the rights of users and the interests of law enforcement."

The tweets are expected be used against Malcolm Harris. He was among 700 people arrested on disorderly conduct charges during an Oct. 1 Occupy march in new York against economic inequality.

The Manhattan district attorney declined to comment.