Friday night, New Year’s Day, I received an unexpected text with a video (15 seconds) from a phone number with area code for Brooklyn, New York.
The video appears to be a dinner scene at a Vietnamese restaurant and is in Vietnamese language, and so it was probably sent to a wrong number. I know some people in Brooklyn, especially in the music world, but this seems unrelated.
Nevertheless, it raises a good question. What are your legal obligations if you got a video from an unsolicited text and it contained child pornography or, for that matter, a terror threat?
The same question of course exists with spam (or for that matter opening a tiny url link on a tweet perhaps). But with spam email, you probably won’t open the email at all if it looks “suspicious”, so the possibility of inadvertent illegal “possession” doesn’t come about.