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The New York Police Department’s 76th Precinct Captain Jeffrey Schiff had a novel and controversial idea: tweeting pictures of convicted criminals when they were released.
The tweets didn’t last long as he was criticized for the practice by higher-ups.
But guess what? Two of the career criminals whose photos he shared have already reoffended since the December 2012 tweets were sent. Looks like Captain Schiff was on to something.
Ever wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? Now you can join them on the Internet’s version of a ridealong – a Tweetalong. There’s one happening tomorrow, actually.
Not every precinct offers these, of course. But we figure they’ll have no choice in the future when we’re all strapped into our virtual reality machines experiencing “reality” via a surrogate. Oh like we aren’t thisclose to it happening now?
Last November we told you about a tech news site suing a former employee for $340,000 to compensate them for the 17,000 followers he took with him after leaving his post.
Well, it appears the the tech company did NOT prevail, so businesses really need to create social media guidelines detailing who owns what – and they need to do this now.
And the fact that this made it to court should be enough for anyone tweeting for work to sit up and take note.
It’s already been well established that you can be sued for what you tweet. But a UK politician is taking this logic to the extreme and suing over 10,000 Twitter users for tweeting and retweeting libelous claims that he was involved in a sex abuse scandal. If the lawsuit hits the courts, it will be the largest in UK history in terms of the number of defendants.
Twitter has updated its copyright policy to allow for increased transparency when dealing with controversial and legally-ambiguous tweets. In order to keep account holders informed of their possible infringement, Twitter will now withhold tweets – instead of outright deleting them – if they face a copyright takedown complaint.
Hurricane Sandy’s effects are still being felt along the East Coast of the United States, with many people turning to Twitter for updates during the storm’s peak.
And despite the many good Samaritans who provided support, updates and help in 140-characters, the top Twitter news story to come out of the storm this week is probably the Twitter troll who misled thousands with his deceptive tweets.
George Zimmerman’s defense team tweeted a link announcing its Notice of Hearing where it will request the Court to consider its motion to subpoena’s Trayvon Martin’s tweets.
The fact that his team created a Twitter account demonstrates social media savvy. But its request to subpoena the dead teen’s tweets seems . . . unnecessary, particularly considering that Martin’s tweets are easily found online.
But as this is coming from a team also seeking to subpoena the boy’s middle school records to support its defense, it’s far from shocking.
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