Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Will Twitter Shutdown Spike Lee's Twitter Account?

I hate to say this about a fellow Knicks fan and author of one of my favorite books, Best Seat in the House: A Basketball Memoir, but Spike Lee did something really stupid.

He tweeted what he thought was the address of George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin. That's dumb enough. Talk about rush to judgement and mob rule. But the idiot on top of everything else tweeted out the wrong address. It's the address of an elderly couple in the general vicinity of where Zimmerman lives, but have nothing to do with Zimmerman. They now live in justifiable fear.

Filmaker Ladd Ehlinger raises a very good point, why hasn't Twitter shutdown Lee's account? Ehlinger notes the appropriate clause in Twitter's terms of agreement:
You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.
Writes Ehlinger:
 Rules are rules, Twitter. That one in particular has some wisdom to it. The question is, will you enforce it, despite Spike Lee's fame, fortune, and connections to President Obama, or will you be an instrument of terror in the world? 

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