Twitter. Was the Governor of Utah annnouncement of a execution an abuse of Twitter?
How to use Twitter. Was the use of Twitter to announce an exicution an abuse of Twitter?. Well I did! When the Internet is used to post the imminent death of a person by the state It is so so wrong! I Could get into the death penalty debate- I have done that elsewhere.] Web sites & governments worry about about posting of porn, Yet it seems we are now going to allow public servants namely a Governor to post the announcement on 'Twitter Live' that they have given the order to shoot a prisoner. My god what is more horrible than that? It is bad enough that a so called civilised Western Society such as the United States still has the Death Penalty on its statute books that allows executions. But to allow a prisoner to choose the form of his death and then a Governor announce the signal to shoot is beyond the pale. I believe the the Governor has breached Twitter rules as follows
Twitter terms & conditions of use
Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
Is using Twitter by the Governor of Utah to annnounce an execution an abuse of Twitters site?
Today the Governor of Utah used to Twitter to announce that he had given the go or the green light for the execution firing squad to pull their collective triggers.
Is this the way a governor should inform members of the public. I find it offensive an I think many others would think so too. I hope the management at twitter think so too !
The Tweet which was retweeted around the world
"I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner's execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims."
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State of Utah
The US has carried out its first execution by firing squad in 14 years.This occurred in the State of Utah.
Convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner, who had spent 25 years on death row, was executed soon after midnight local time (0600 GMT), after a final appeal had been rejected.
Gardner, 49, chose the firing squad before Utah banned the method in 2004. Critics say it is barbaric, harking back to the Wild West.
Gardner was only the third man put to death in this way in the US since 1976.
He was convicted in 1985 of fatally shooting a lawyer during an attempt to escape from a court where he was facing another murder charge dating from 1984.