You can't follow Supreme Court Justice Breyer on 'the Tweeter'

The Daily Record Newswire

Who says Supreme Court justices aren't savvy in the ways of social media?

At a congressional hearing last week, Justice Stephen Breyer testified that he indeed uses Twitter, which the 72-year old refers to as ''the Tweeter'' or the ''Tweeting thing.''

Breyer opened his account to monitor the uprising in Iran, he said.

''I have a Tweeting thing because I was very interested in the Iranian revolution - remember they just had this uprising a little over a year ago [and] I sat there fascinated because you could only look through the Tweeting and you could see what was going on. You could see the violence. You could see a woman killed. It was terrible.''

But don't go searching for the justice's name to follow his witty missives about everyday life. Breyer doesn't Tweet publically. His account is locked down so only approved users - like his children - can follow him.

''From time to time, since I don't know how to take it off, I get requests: 'Can we follow you?''' Breyer said. ''So I think, ... 'That's very nice somebody would like to follow me. It's quite flattering. But I wisely say no, it's not a good idea.''

Breyer also has the same silent policy for other social media forms, such as ''the Facebook.''

''It's probably not a good idea,'' Breyer said.

''Judges wear black robes so that they will resist the temptation to publicize themselves because we really speak for the law and that is to be anonymous. [So] I wouldn't want to have followers on the Tweeter or people going to the Facebook page but for my children and I can get in touch with them anyway.''

Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2011


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