Wannabe Copycat Gunman Tweets Threat of Broadway Theatre Massacre, Twitter Refuses to Cooperate with Cops (UPDATED)

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Privacy policies are generally considered to be good and important, when it comes to social media platforms, with which all manner of personal details can be stored. Protecting ones identity is important and ought to be taken seriously.

...Except when said identity is concealed, and said individual makes public threats of mass murder. Then you definitely want to know exactly who to go after. Privacy? Nuh uh. Nope. Privacy has left the building.

All of which is to say, it is absolutely absurd that Twitter refuses to cooperate with the NYPD and disclose the identity of the person behind the account that sent out a string of highly concerning tweets threatening an Aurora-style massacre at the Broadway's Longacre theatre, where former professional boxer Mike Tyson is currently starring in his own one-man show(!?)


"Gosh I'm still making this hit list damn I wanna kill a lot of people," warned one such tweet, from the account which has since been suspended. "Mass murder for real," read another.

Law enforcement immediately reached out to Twitter for help identifying the person behind these alarming messages, but Twitter has as yet refused to comply.

"We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account," said an email in response. "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 parameters as per our policies."

Now, the NYPD has issued a subpoena, to force the social-media platform into cooperation. In the meantime, heavily armed Hercules teams have been dispatched to the Longacre and said wannabe gunman has—allegedly—absconded to Florida, tweeting: "I had last minute plans and I'm in Florida rite now but it'll happen I promise. I'm just finishing up my hit list."


Let's hope Twitter wises up and starts helping out by all means possible. Or that this wasn't real to begin with––the preferable option, to be sure. [NYPost, Yahoo]

Update: The New York Times now reports that Twitter has decided to comply with the NYPD's court order and is turning over account information they had previously (3 days ago) refused to disclose. Well, good.


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How do we know if he's serious, when it was the guy who talked about a bomb in London they overreacted, here Twitter is bad for not letting law enforcement overreact?