Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gardena Police Chief Responds to Twitter Public Records Request

Ed Medrano, the Chief of Police for the City of Gardena, informed me that there are no individuals being blocked by the following accounts:

@GardenaPolice
@S_Prendergast

However, Chief Medrano informed me that there is one individual who is blocked from his public Twitter account, @GPDChief, due to the fact that the Chief has a restraining order against this unnamed individual to not contact him.

Interesting that a public official can have a restraining order against someone that denies them access to view the Tweets posted by Chief Medrano on his public Twitter account.  Reading the Chief's Tweets is different than contacting him.  Unless restrained man engages (i.e. direct tweet, retweet, favorite, message, or otherwise respond) with the Chief's public account how would anyone know if he was just reading it?

Chief Medrano did not clarify if anyone is being muted on the above mentioned accounts.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

City of Santa Ana Police Department Releases List of Blocked/Muted Twitter Users


Here you will find the City of Santa Ana Police Department's response to my public records request regarding who they block or mute on Twitter.  You can also submit your own public records request to your public official or agency of choice.  Their Tweets are public records and responses like these only further that argument.













See my earlier blog on how to calculate your due process violation risk score as a Twitter user:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Goodbye Dick Costolo and Thanks for Reading my Tweets!

Today is Dick Costolo's last day as CEO of Twitter.  He did a great job and I will miss posting Tweets to him.  I'm fairly certain he has been reading the Tweets I've been sending to him because this article published last night on The Guardian's website contains an interesting quote of something Dick said:



But wait a minute!  That's funny Dick should be bringing up the issue of Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights!  Why?  Because I was Tweeting to Dick and Twitter's government, @gov, account just last month about article 19 violations on Twitter.  As a matter of fact, I've been doing a lot of Tweeting to a number of folks over at Twitter regarding how their platform fails to uphold the law once public officials and agencies sign on, but Dick never raised the issue in the past.  Yet, once I start making noise he resigns (no fault of my own) and then brings up the very same UN Human Rights article I mentioned.




I'd like to think that I helped feed Dick some important information that made him sound good at the 2015 Talking About Twitter Conference.  I'd like to think that he's been reading my other blog entries, too!

But before we get all goosebumpy over Dick's reference to the UN's Declaration of Human Rights let's take a look at a recent news article:

The problem with Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party, is that she is notorious for blocking Twitter users with whom she disagrees with.

In response to the article I sent this Tweet to Bruce Daisley, Twitter's European chief:


Obviously, the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights meant nothing to Mr. Daisley and he was still quite pleased to bestow upon Ms. Sturgeon the honors of being known as the "most savvy UK politician on the social media platform."  So much for these people's freedom of expression that the UN would like to enforce.  Here's an example of just a few complaints that you will find on Twitter regarding Nicola Sturgeon's use of the Twitter blocking feature:





















The Due Process Violation Risk Calculator

Calculate Your Due Process Violation Risk Score:

Take this survey to calculate what your potential risk is at having your due process rights violated as a user of social media.  Calculate your answer to the following eight questions to evaluate your risk score:

Yes = 2 points; No = 1 point


  1. Do you spend more than five hours a month online?
  2. Do you spend over an hour a month on social media websites such as Twitter or FaceBook?
  3. Do you utilize the internet to stay engaged with your community, for other civic purposes, or even to just read news that interests you?
  4. In the past year have you used the internet to contact one of your public officials or agencies for any reason?
  5. Do you currently Follow or Friend any public officials or agencies on social media sites like Twitter or FaceBook?
  6. In the past year have you used social as a means to complain about or express disagreement with your elected officials or government agencies?
  7. In the past year have you used hashtags related to government/political issues in any social media communication you've posted?
  8. Have you ever experienced being blocked or unfriended by public officials or agencies on social media sites like Twitter or FaceBook?
Evaluate your score:

0-4 points: there's a low risk of having your due process rights violated as a user of social media.

4-9 points: there's a medium risk of having your due process rights violated as a user of social media.

10+ points: you have a very high risk of having your due process rights violated.



Be sure to visit my other blog where I've posted the results of my public records requests pertaining to a variety of public Twitter accounts to see who is on their Twitter block/mute list:

Click here to see who public officials and police agencies are blocking from their Twitter accounts.