Monday, November 30, 2009

Tweeting May Land You In Prison

The World War II adage, "Loose Lips Sink Ships" applies to Social Media in the 21st century. It appears that Roger Avary, Co-Screenwriter of Pulp Fiction, either never heard of this slogan or never thought his tweets would lead to his incarceration.

Mr. Avary pleaded guilty earlier this year to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Mr. Avary was purportedly driving more than 100 mph when he crashed his car last year. A passenger in his car was killed and his wife was injured in the crash. Even though he was sentenced to prison for his actions, it appears he was instead assigned to a work furlough program. L.A. Times Technology blogger, Mark Milian discovered Mr. Avary's Twitter account and his tweets so he investigated why Mr. Avary was able to tweet when he was scheduled to be in prison without cell phone access. It turned out that Mr. Avary was assigned to a work furlough program instead of prison. Mr. Milian blogged about Mr. Avary's tweets and within several days it appears that Mr. Avary was reassigned to jail.

The old adage "silence is golden" still applies in the age of social media. It appears that Mr. Avary would have been better off if he had kept his mistaken gift of freedom to himself.

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