The XX Factor

Death by Twitter


Remember the mother who used Twitter to announce her 2-year-old son’s drowning , or the woman who live-tweeted her abortion ? Well, these gals are no longer the Web’s most maligned oversharers. Now that title belongs to a man: Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff . Just after midnight last night, Shurtleff tweeted his approval of a convicted killer ’s death by firing squad. “I just gave the go ahead to Corrections Director to proceed with Gardner’s execution. May God grant him the mercy he denied his victims.”

Then, shortly after, he returned to Twitter to publicize his upcoming presser : “We will be streaming live my press conference as soon as I’m told Gardner is dead. Watch it at”

Shurtleff’s antics have horrified many Twitter users, and one predicted that the AG’s message “will probably go down in history as the dumbest most disgusting use of Twitter ever.”

Ladies, you’ve got some catching up to do.

Photograph of Mark Shurtleff by George Frey/Getty Images.