NYPD Battles Twitter, Wins With Court OrderBy: Chris Crum - August 8, 2012
A Twitter user posted tweets this week, indicating intentions to initiate an Aurora-like murder rampage, and the police took these tweets seriously enough to investigate.
The user is quoted as tweeting things like, “i’m serious, people are gonna die like aurora,” and “gosh i’m still making this it list damn i wanna kill a lot of people.”
According to reports, the police believe the user’s tweets were in connection with a Mike Tyson show on Broadway.
Considering that people’s lives could be in jeopardy, the lives already lost in the Aurora massacre, and the related incidents that continue to pop up around the country, it’s not hard to believe that the police would take the threats seriously.
A man with a gun was arrested at a theater showing The Dark Knight rises in Connecticut on Tuesday night. Another man in Ohio, who took guns, ammo and knives to a showing, was arrested on Saturday, though he claims the weapons were for protection, in case someone else tried to imitate the Aurora tragedy.
Twitter, apparently respecting free speech and user privacy, was not ready to give up the user’s personal information without some resistance. When the NYPD asked Twitter for the user’s info, the company declined to provide it. Then, the NYPD got a court order, and changed Twitter’s mind.
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