Twitter identifies user accused of making threat, police say

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 11:00am

Twitter has released to authorities the identity of one of its users accused of posting violent threats against the Longacre Theater in New York, a police source said Wednesday.

The social media site initially had refused to disclose the user's personal information to police investigating the threats, but identified the individual after being served with a subpoena.

Twitter has not responded to multiple CNN requests for comment.

"We take the threat seriously, especially in light of recent attacks in Wisconsin and Colorado," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said Tuesday.

Authorities say the user apparently posted a threat about an attack at the Longacre Theater in midtown Manhattan, where Mike Tyson, 46, is performing his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," a Broadway production that centers on the former boxing champion's well-publicized life.

Authorities would not disclose additional information about the incident but have bolstered security at the theater and other public areas across New York after two deadly shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.

Authorities' quest this week for personal user information highlights a growing conundrum for companies in the Internet age, when privacy concerns are pitted against those of public safety

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