A Twitter user threatened to shoot up the Broadway opening of a Mike Tyson one-man-show being directed by Spike Lee on Friday. The shooting never happened, but when the NYPD asked Twitter for the user’s information, they refused.
“This s–t ain’t no joke yo — I’m serious, people are gonna die like aurora,” the lunatic scrawled in one tweet.
“Gosh I’m still making this hit list damn I wanna kill a lot of people,” the nutjob warned in another chilling tweet about the bloodshed he would unleash at the Longacre Theatre in Midtown, home to Mike Tyson’s one-man show, “Undisputed Truth.”Detectives immediately sent an “emergency request” to Twitter in an effort to unmask the sicko — but the social media site flat-out refused it in an e-mail the next day, the sources said.
“Gosh, I wanna kill a lot of people.” It’s nice that he won’t take the lord’s name in vain while he’s committing murder. Can’t be all bad, right? Anyway, this was Twitter’s response, according to the NY Post:
“We appreciate the timeliness and sensitivity of this matter, and have reviewed the reported Twitter account,” the e-mail said.
“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.”
In other words, Twitter says Twitter gets to make those decisions. Not that the police would necessarily be better at making them, it’s just… interesting.
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