Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pennsylvania AG goes after critics who tweet

Just to show that I've got nothing against TechCrunch, here is a retweet, if you will, of a story they posted yesterday that is worth revisiting.

TechCrunch reported that Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania's Attorney General, has subpoenaed Twitter to appear as a Grand Jury witness. Corbett wants to know who is behind two Twitter accounts that are using the service to criticize him.

If the AG actually thought this was a wise move they clearly was mistaken as a quick look at the the tweets on one of the accounts in question will show. It might be popular for politicians to go after social networking sites for alleged violations, but going after users is probably a bad idea.

In an update to the story, TechCrunch reports that an attorney for Twitter issued a statement. "We protect and do not disclose user information except in limited circumstances. We notify a user, if we believe we are allowed to by law, when we receive any request for their information that we may be required to comply with. This policy is designed for maximum transparency and gives users an opportunity to object."