Twitter must give up WikiLeaks data
Last Thursday, a federal judge ordered Twitter to give up information about three account holders, Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, and Birgitta Jonsdottir, under investigation for possible connections to WikiLeaks.
The case began in January, when Twitter was subpoenaed to hand over private messages between founder Julian Assange and other members of the organization to the U.S. government.
This is a monumental case for online privacy, and those involved are taking to Twitter to talk about it. In a blog post that he tweeted a link to, Gonggrijp stated “there’s not a whole lot you can learn from records that Twitter has on me that you can’t learn from reading my blog. There are bigger principles at stake, though, and this is not a good ruling for online privacy.”
Ashton Kutcher hands over Twitter feed
Last Wednesday night, Ashton Kutcher tweeted “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste” before finding out that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired for his ties to the sex abuse scandal at Penn State. He deleted the tweet, but not before receiving massive backlash in the form of angry replies.
Kutcher later admitted he had not heard about the scandal and thought Paterno had been fired due to “poor performance as an aging coach.”
He had to quickly backpedal to manage the situation, tweeting “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.” To add context to the situation, Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore run an anti-sex slavery charity.
He also tweeted “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.” His feed stayed silent, but on Thursday he published a blog post titled Twitter Management on Posterous offering an explanation of his side of the story. In the blog post, he also explained that he has handed the management of his Twitter feed to his team at Katalyst Media.
Salman Rushdie uses Twitter to solve his Facebook problems
On Monday, world-famous author Salman Rushdie found that his Facebook account had been deleted over the weekend.
He sent them a copy of his passport to prove he really was who he said he was, but the passport showed his full name as Ahmed Salman Rushdie. Facebook then reactivated the account under the name Ahmed Rushdie.
After Facebook failed to respond to Rushdie’s requests, so he took to Twitter and his followers to help him. After filling in his followers, he put his faith in them, saying “Am now hoping that ridicule by the Twitterverse will achieve what I can’t.”
He also tweeted lists of other famous and historical figures that go by their middle names rather than first under the hashtag #middlenameusers. Sure enough, within two hours Facebook finally responded and within another hour had apologized to the author. After all was resolved, Rushdie tweeted “Victory! #Facebook has buckled! I’m Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun. Thank you Twitter!”