Twitter Now Handing Over User Data For Offensive Tweets

A couple days ago Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald received a Tweet which apparently resulted in him having a seizure.  His wife responded to the tweet and Twitter quickly banned the other user.

Now it appears Twitter is handing over the other users information so Kurt can pursue charges for ‘assault’.

The Verge reports:

Four days ago, an unidentified Twitter user tweeted a seizure-inducing animation at Newsweek and Vanity Fair writer Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy. Now, Eichenwald has taken the first step toward identifying the user. In response to a civil suit filed by Eichenwald this week in Dallas district court, Twitter has agreed to hand over all relevant subscriber data for the user in question. The attack came in apparent retaliation for Eichenwald’s aggressive coverage of President-elect Trump.

While Eichenwald has yet to file criminal charges, the civil suit was sufficient for an ex parte order from the district judge. Twitter subsequently agreed to expedited relief, declining to challenge the order or demand further evidence from Eichenwald. The next step is likely to be a lawsuit against wireless carriers or service providers implicated by Twitter’s records, who will have records linking IP addresses and other metadata to the attacker’s legal name.

The Daily Caller reports:

The Dallas Police Department informed The Daily Caller Monday that there is no police report or investigation into the alleged Twitter assault of Newsweek writer and Dallas resident Kurt Eichenwald.

A Twitter user under the handle [email protected]_goldstein” tweeted an image Thursday with flashing colors saying Eichenwald deserved a seizure. Theresa Eichenwald, his wife, responded from his account, [email protected]_goldstein This is his wife, you caused a seizure. I have your information and have called the police to report the assault.”

Kurt said Friday that police are investigating whether this is a federal crime as he said it is a “cross-state assault.” The Dallas Police Department told TheDC that there is no police report from those dates from either Eichenwald and that they cannot have an investigation without one.

The Daily Caller reached out to Eichenwald to ask him if he had filed a police report with the Dallas Police Department on Thursday and Friday, and he repeatedly refused to answer. He eventually said, “I am not interested in explaining to daily caller how the law works.”

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