John Burkoff on Subpoenas to Twitter
Professor John Burkoff was quoted in local Pittsburgh media in connection with a subpoena issued to the social networking service Twitter, requesting the disclosure of the identities of anonymous users. The subpoena arises out of the investigation and prosecution of a legislative corruption scandal in Pennsylvania.
“It’s not common (to subpoena sites like Twitter), but then again, Twitter has not been around that long,” Burkoff said. “It’s a brave new world, and every one of these cases, these new kinds of cases, are going to educate us further as to what our reasonable expectations are when we post something on a social networking site.”