Say what you will about the merits of the current media scrum over Trayvon Martin's death, and whether or not George Zimmerman deserves the glare of the Eye of Sauron upon him.
Say what you will, think what you want. But this latest development is beyond disgusting, and Twitter should take action.
An elderly couple, who had nothing to do with any of it save to randomly share the last name of Zimmerman, do not deserve what Spike Lee has wrought upon them.
A school-cafeteria lunch lady and her husband have received hate mail, unwanted visits from reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors - all because their Sanford-area address is being disseminated on Twitter as belonging to Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, her son said late Tuesday.
Zimmerman traced the tweets - which he said have been retweeted by actor-director Spike Lee - to a man in California. Zimmerman has implored the man to stop and said he received this response, "Black power all day. No justice, no peace" and an obscenity.
Spike Lee once made movies about the dangers of the mob mentality. Now he disgustingly seeks to drive it in a fit of pique, and innocent people are having their lives ruined. These are the tactics of a bully that can't shoot straight.
Twitter has seen fit to do nothing about this, even though this is a clear violation of its Terms of Service. The person who originally posted the erroneous information and got Spike Lee to retweet it, @maccapone, is also still on Twitter.
In case you missed it, here is the relevant Twitter rule:
You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.
Rules are rules, Twitter. That one in particular has some wisdom to it. The question is, will you enforce it, despite Spike Lee's fame, fortune, and connections to President Obama, or will you be an instrument of terror in the world? How many innocent bystanders will be forced to flee their homes and fear for their lives because of your corporate cowardice?
Or does Twitter condone this type of thuggery?
Update 1: Linked to from Pundit and Pundette. Thanks!
Update 2: Linked to from the Conservative Commune. Thanks!
Update 3: Linked at Ace of Spades HQ. Thanks!
Update 4: Linked by Ezra Dullis at Brietbart.com. Thanks!
Update 5: Linked by PJ Media, thanks!
Update 6: Linked by Economic Policy Journal, thanks!
Update 7: Linked by Andrew Patrick, thanks!
Update 8: Ed Driscoll links in, thanks!
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