Does Twitter have to cooperate with police?
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 3:22
- Date Aug 7, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Twitter is an extremely popular social media site but he may.
Become the new destination for anonymous threats following the Colorado -- some posted this to Twitter -- writing quote.
This -- ain't no joke -- I'm serious people are gonna die like a roar now police will reportedly subpoenaed here in New York.
This site Twitter to reveal the name of that user after the tweets who can Twitter be held legally responsible if anything goes wrong Peter Johnson GA is looking at this breaking say how we it is.
It's an interesting story the new York city police department is -- off the charts upset.
Because twitters saying.
What we're not gonna tell you the identity of the person who posted those tweets about -- -- at the long -- theater -- -- what they've done.
Is posted there Hercules unit there.
This enormous super -- team to make sure that nothing happens outside of -- we also -- lose another threat against the actors.
Ellen Page in Los Angeles.
A death threat against her choosing -- went to -- would love woody Allen's movie.
And so now there's subpoenas and search warrants going to have to Twitter.
Twitter has litigated this is -- ready and is now up the -- if there was a court called.
He's called people vs Harrison New York City compared in the spring and then this summer about Occupy Wall Street guy.
And the district attorney's office here it wanted.
He's tweets about what he's doing on the Brooklyn Bridge -- -- no we're not fitting given to it and so now we're appealing it the repellent thing right now.
That's created so a bit because this guy said he's gonna you know I'm gonna shoot -- -- right at that theater.
They've that NYPD has made this emergency subpoena request we wanna get this guys -- -- I -- apparently wrote yeah I'm in Florida right now but I'm working on my hit list I'll be back if so what Twitter says we have a policy and we looked at least a while we do invoke emergency disclosure.
When it appears that -- present specific and immediate this does not appear to fall under those strict parameters are as for our policies.
But the law in the state in New York that they are appealing.
Is different and it's as if you posted -- Just like if you scream -- out the window there is no reasonable expectation.
Of privacy there is no proprietary interest.
In your tweets which you have now.
Gifted to the world so because it's public.
It should be able lacked publicly say it's not a private email is not a direct -- it's -- public tweet.
That millions of people can see so popular -- expectation.
Of privacy unfortunate we're seeing more and more of these situations where police have to subpoena and -- serve search warrants on Twitter when they don't.
Give up this information.
In a quick way they're saying well we looked at it we don't think there's a threat to but the cops should know who tweeted that well absolutely the law has to be clearer.
It -- appeal going on.
They -- trying to protect their corporate interest because they don't want people who go on Twitter to believe that they're going to be served up -- to the police on every obvious little thing.
But when there's an emergent public need like this obviously -- need to give this up and that's what the law the -- in New York says.
Right now they need to given out unfortunately.
With a lot of social media when your anonymous you can be a real tough guy hero heroes -- -- tough guy Peter Johnson junior covering this breaking -- since the atmosphere -- and.