The NYPD has commanded Twitter (News - Alert) to release information about a certain account. Twitter refused. The NYPD expressed that the information is about a death threat that alludes to the Aurora massacre. Twitter still refused. The NYPD has now issued a subpoena for Twitter to turn over the data – but that doesn’t mean the standoff is over. Twitter has disputed subpoenas in the past.
The tweet that set off alarms said, “This s--- ain’t no joke yo I’m serious people are gonna die just like in aurora.” Understandably, the reference to the Colorado movie theater massacre prompted the NYPD to investigate. Their investigation led them to believe that the audience at downtown’s Longacre Theater showing of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” was the intended target.
After Macolm Harris, one of the 700 Occupy protestors, was arrested last October for straying off the pedestrian walkway onto the Brooklyn Bridge against police orders, Twitter was subpoenaed to hand over tweets that proved Harrison incited group jaywalking.
Sources reveal that Twitter sent this message to the NYPD, “We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account. While we do invoke emergency disclosure procedures when it appears that a threat is present, specific and immediate, this does not appear to fall under those strict parameter as per our policies."
Twitter’s guidelines of what constitutes an immediate threat are indeed strict. A tweet from the same account stated, “I'm in Florida rite now, but it'll happen i promise I'm just finishing up my hit list.” Either Twitter has evidence that this person is taking a long vacation, or it is really making its point clear.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman