Can a DA go after satire?
The Manhattan DA is asking for account information, contact information, IP addresses, email accounts, telephone numbers and all IP logs associated with the account, according to the document.When parody is taken as truth, prosecute the parody...
A spokesman for Twitter confirmed the authenticity of the subpoena.
"Our policy is to notify users of requests for their account information, which includes a copy of the request, prior to disclosure unless we are prohibited from doing so,” said the company, through a spokesperson.
The account — which satirizes the ‘power’ of the bicycle lobby with over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek pronouncements — recently took credit for an incident where white flags were raised on the Brooklyn Bridge by unknown vandals in place of the usual American flags placed on the bridge.
@BicycleLobby clarified on Friday that it was a parody account.
“None of the claims made here have ever been true. We did not fake the Moon landing or go for a ride with Beyoncé, for example,” it said, referring to two previous over the top tweets.