Twitter has complied with a court order to turn over account information to help New York police investigators identify who threatened to carry out an attack like the Colorado movie theater shooting at a Broadway theater where Mike Tyson is appearing in a one-man show, the New York Times reports. The compliance came three days after the California-based social media company, denied an emergency request from New York police to provide the account holder's registration information and computer network address.
Investigators learned of the unsettling Twitter posts on Friday, the opening night of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Someone posted, “I'm serious, people are gonna die like Aurora,” an apparent reference to the deadly shooting last month during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at an Aurora, Co., theater. The posting was among a string of Twitter posts that alarmed police investigators: “I might just shoot up this theater in New York”; “I know they leave their exit doors unlocked”; “I got 600 people on my hit list and that's gonna be a mass murder for real.” Larry Cunningham, an associate dean at St. John's University School of Law, agreed that Twitter should have cooperated without a court order. “Social media is of increasing importance to law enforcement and criminal prosecutions,” said Cunningham, a former prosecutor.