Just last week, Sony threatened to take legal action to members of the media that posted leaked information in regards to the massive Sony Pictures hacking. Now, Sony is planning to sue Twitter if it doesn’t ban its users from posting its leaked information which might be taking the entire situation a bit too far.
The news came in the form of a letter from Sony’s lawyer David Boies to Twitter’s general counsel, Vljaya Gadde. Boies said that Twitter would be held responsible for any damages or losses stemming from the leaked information if its users continue to link said information. He also made it clear that Sony does not condone any Twitter user’s possession, download, upload, review, copying or publication of the leaked information.
Sony had requested in their letter that one user in particular, Val Broeksmit, or better known as @bikinirobot army delete supposed screenshots of leaked information. Information such as the release schedule for upcoming movies, development of upcoming movies and even a new comedy film starring Seth Rogan and Jamie Foxx. As a result of not taking the letter seriously, Broeksmit’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended.
Perhaps Sony has taken things a bit too far by threatening Twitter as the social media giant doesn’t have complete control over what its users can and cannot upload. Though Twitter’s policy says that it forbids users to post private and confidential information, it didn’t say anything about linking said information. As of this point in time, Broeksmit’s Twitter account is still active alongside his tweets regarding the leaked information, which should mean that Twitter’s holding an adamant stance on the situation for the time being.