Tag Archives: Twitter


Posted 2 years ago in Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Twitter Caves and Hands Over Protester’s Tweets to Avoid Fines

Scroll down to see our video with a warning for Twitter users. Facing large fines as well as a future full of similar headaches, today Twitter caved to prosecutors’ demands for user Malcolm Harris’s tweets in his criminal trial for trespassing during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration last October. Twitter turned over tweets Harris had posted during the demonstration under the account @destructuremal but then subsequently deleted. Prosecutors in the Manhattan DA’s office first tried to subpoena Harris for his …

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Posted 2 years ago in Social Networks by Michele Bowman  
Twitter Throws Occupy Protestor Under the Bus

NEWS UPDATE: See the story and video at Twitter Caves and Hands Over Protester’s Tweets to Avoid Fines. Twitter just handed over three months’ worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester’s tweets to a judge in a criminal trial. Twitter claimed it was defending its users’ right to privacy, but in the end it threw protestor Malcolm Harris under the bus. Harris is a Twitter user who is being prosecuted for trespassing during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration on the Brooklyn …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Sylvia Hsieh  
Stupid Car Thief Posts Video of the Crime on Youtube

It used to be that criminals tried to hide their misdeeds, you know, like so they wouldn’t get caught. But apparently social media has changed all that, and criminals are finding it ever more difficult to resist the urge to broadcast their latest illicit exploits to friends, family, and the viewing public. In one recent case, a gun-toting Vancouver man posted a 4-minute video on Youtube starring himself driving around recklessly in an allegedly stolen car, showing off a 9 …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law by Courtney Sherwood  
Cops Monitor Social Media for Clues, Crimes

Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media are transforming how cops and prosecutors do their jobs – and should make you think twice about your digital movements if you ever get in trouble with the law. Four out of five law enforcement officials said they use social media to help solve crimes, according to a new survey by information provider LexisNexis Risk Solutions (a Lawyers.com sister company). The survey found that federal, state and local-level agencies in both small …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Dan Abrams  
Social Media Makes It Tougher to ‘Speak Out of School’

Drama, chatter and gossiping between kids at school doesn’t stop when they leave the schoolyard, and it never has. In the Mesozoic era before the Internet, the conversation continued on party lines and during sleepovers. As technology developed, instant message and texting became the media of choice to keep the off-campus conversation going. But that was aimed at a targeted audience and rarely involved, for example, yelling about something for all to hear. Social media has changed everything, moving that …

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