Oops: Twitter suspends hacker account after it outs the wrong cop in Ferguson crisis

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Social media may be a powerful tool for citizen reporting, but it can also lead to dangerous situations when “the people” get the story wrong. That’s what happened when a Twitter account associated with the hacker collective Anonymous published the name and photo of a policeman who purportedly shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

While many have demanded to know the policeman’s identity, there was a major problem with this decision to out him on [company]Twitter[/company]:

In response, Twitter suspended the account of @TheAnonMessage, pointing to its terms of service that say users can’t “publish or post other people’s private and confidential information” or “publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.”

Whoever was running the suspended has already returned to Twitter under…

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