Duty to Tweet

In our continuing, sporadic monitoring of Web 2.0, we note a news story with Eugene Volokh’s comments on an arrest for failure to Tweet.

“We asked for his help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twitter message,” [Det. Lt.] Smith said. “By not cooperating with us we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk.”

I must confess that I too, having no Twitter account, did nothing to stop the problem. I apologize to anyone who has been damaged by my lack of 140-character updates. Ethic, however, is Tweeting.

: Zubon

One thought on “Duty to Tweet”

  1. Germany has a law that requires you to assist wounded people or people in dire need as long as your life is not immediately threatened, too.

    But I am not sure if this law would actually be applicable in this situation. Still, I *think* (not 100% sure) that there must be a law that I am obliged to help the police if they ask me for assistance.

    The problem here is that it is unclear if the tweet would have done anything. You are not obliged to do every BS the police tells you either, after all. I guess this is an interesting question for lawyers and courts… and I wonder how different the answers in different countries could be.

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