Monday, June 06, 2011

it's what everybody's saying

Yet more of the same conventional wisdom for Congressman Weiner:

As for Weiner, the TweetDeck stamp won’t solve the case itself. But McCroskey knows what can.

“Here’s the thing that solves it all,” said McCroskey, “for him to call for a criminal investigation. All they have to do is look at his TweetDeck and see if it came from there, see what IP address [it had]. The local police department or Capitol Police could probably figure this out in 15 minutes.”

Call a real investigation, sir, and absolve yourself if you're really innocent. All the dodging and bullshitting just makes you look like the liar I'm sure you are.

ADDENDUM: Just a few months ago, we had a Republican congressman in a similar scandal: Chris Lee (also of NY-- what the hell is wrong with you people?) sent shirtless pictures of himself to a woman on Craigslist. I don't think anyone quite understands how privacy settings work on any of these social networking sites.



Charles said...

Everyone knows that people from New York are morally bankrupt.

JSA said...

It's a serious problem. If you get used to sending to Twitter via the text message interface on your phone, it's easy for muscle memory to take over and accidentally send to the twitter instead of your other favorite person. A couple of times, I've sent messages intended for my wife to twitter; stuff like "We're out of milk xoxo". Every now and then, I see a friend text something clearly meant for a spouse or someone they're travelling with. That's one major reason I stopped using the text message interface. Once I saw a coworker send something that looked clearly intended for a drug dealer, and the potential for bad consequences seems huge for someone having an affair or frequenting a favorite prostitute. I'm surprised Twitter hasn't been sued yet, and I wouldn't be surprised if Weiner (if he survives) becomes coincidentally very interested in regulating Twitter for "privacy" reasons.

Charles said...

Well, it looks like he finally admitted it. Big surprise there.

I agree with JS about the dangers of sending things to the wrong places. But then again, I'm a social networking-phobe myself. I don't use FB or Twitter, and I don't even have a smart phone.

I'm not sure how one would go about suing Twitter, though. After all, you can't really see the phone company when you make a drunken phone call to an ex-girlfriend at two o'clock in the morning. Why would you be able to sue Twitter?

Kevin Kim said...

I barely know how to post pictures on Twitter. Gonna be a while before I can start sending underwear shots to unsuspecting (or, this case, very suspecting) ladies.