Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Big Brother Is Watching You - The Dangers of Tweeting
Those of you who are fellow Tweeters (my Tweet id is @ken_frost) may care to read the following cautionary tale about what happens when you make a seemingly innocent Tweet, and it is read by others who are not your friends or followers.
Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting are two Brits who were planning to go on holiday to the USA recently.
Being born after Queen Victoria died, they were happily tweeting about their anticipated holiday and used language that "young" people regularly use about partying and drinking etc.
In one tweet Van Bryan said:
"Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America."
"Destroy" means party.
In another he quoted Family Guy (a US cartoon), and said:
"3 weeks today, we're totally in LA p****** people off on Hollywood Blvd and diggin' Marilyn Monroe up!"
Can you guess what happened next children?
Yes, that's right, when they arrived in the USA the Department of Homeland Security (who had been monitoring their tweets) had them held by armed guards, searched them for shovels and questioned them for 5 hours after which they were put in cells overnight and flown back to the UK.
Seemingly one of the Homeland Security people said:
"You’ve really fucked up with that tweet, boy.”
In theory profiling potential terrorists and criminals etc is the "smart" thing to do. However, the effectiveness of profiling is rather undermined if the people doing the profiling don't even seem to understand their own "culture" (eg not knowing the vernacular meaning of "destroy", or references to "Family Guy").
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