The intriguing question in today’s time is can there be crime using twitter?
The answer to the same is yes, there can be distinct crimes being committed using the platform of twitter. Effectively twitter is nothing but a computer platform consisting of computers, computer systems and computer networks which are used for the purposes of communicating ideas and expression of thoughts. Twitter could be made the platform for committing various kinds of white collar crimes including crimes like defamation, nuisance, harassment, stalking, mischief and many other crimes. At the present time, these crimes have not yet emerged in a manner that we anticipate. However as more and more usage of twitter takes place, it is but natural to expect that there will be more and more twitter crimes as we go long.
Twiter and law enforcement agencies
Law enforcement agencies across the world will be utilizing twitter for the purposes of tracking various potential and suspected criminals. They would be monitoring of twitter post by suspected criminals and would use the said posts and legal proceedings as time passes by. Already precedent in this regard has been created.
The use of twitter as legitimate micro-blogging platforms requires that twitters should adopt certain basic principles of twitter ethics. However some of principles pertaining to twitter ethics can be found evolving at the time of publishing the present website.
(Note: use Twitter however you want. These are just some serving suggestions.)Use an avatar. It lets us know you’re possibly human.
If you’re using Twitter only as a link feed, consider marking your “bio” section with that, so people can decide.
If you don’t have much to say, it’s okay not to say it.
An @ message at the beginning of a post shows up in replies. Further in, it doesn’t.
It’s okay to promote yourself. Just consider promoting some other folks, too. Mix it up a bit.
You’re not obligated to friend everyone back. Some people use Twitter differently.
Removing someone as a Twitter friend doesn’t (necessarily) reflect on how you feel on them as a person. It’s okay.
Don’t let other people tell you how to use Twitter. (Get it?)
Above ethics taken from http://www.chrisbrogan.com/etiquette-in-the-age-of-social-media/
Impersonation on Twitter
Lot of people using twitter, impersonate as others. Since the user names of twitter are made available on a first come first serve basis, without any prior checking or verification of any kind whatsoever, it is easy for any person to go ahead and take or effectively cyber squatting upon the twitter user name or twitter identity of any well known entity personality legal company association or organization. Further the said impostor could then misuse the said user name for the purposes of tweeting tweets which could show the said legal entity in a wrong or negative light by defaming or destroying its reputation.
Twitter does provide an effective way to prevent such imposter exercises. Processes and procedures in this regad need to evolve that should be the first priority. Incase if things are not resolved there, then the matter would need to be a escalated to relevant court of law in a competent jurisdiction.