Northcliffe Media, a United Kingdom newspaper group, has withdrawn its legal action over an anonymous Twitter account spoofing its chief executive, Steve Auckland. Owned by the Daily Mail, Northcliffe Media filed a subpoena in the United States to have the identity of ‘@UnSteveDorkland’ revealed. But the account holder successfully challenged the order and the media group has subsequently backed down. The still-anonymous tweeter described the case as “shameful and unnecessary”.

“By withdrawing the case against me they have, finally, recognized the futility of their heavy-handed approach and the entirely baseless nature of all the accusations they threw at me in a vainglorious attempt to divert attention from the real issue, namely their idea that by throwing money and bullying tactics at someone you can throttle freedom of speech,” said the anonymous tweeter in an emailed statement.

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