Twitter Suspends Anonymous for Ferguson Shooter ID Tweet

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 08:35 PM

By Angela Deines

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Twitter suspended the account of Anonymous after the social media “hacktivists” appeared as though they had released the name of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who allegedly shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Anonymous set up a secondary account, @TheAnonMessage2.

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On Thursday, the group announced on its new Twitter handle that its primary account had been taken down by Twitter officials.

The name Anonymous pointed to as the shooter in Ferguson was reportedly a dispatcher and not a police officer, said Angel Jimenez, chief of police in St. Ann, Missouri, NBC News reported.

"At no time has he ever been involved in a shooting in Ferguson or elsewhere," Jimenez said.

Twitter didn't comment directly about suspending Anonymous’ primary account, however, at the top of the Twitter’s rules, the social media site states, “We respect the ownership of the content that users share and each user is responsible for the content he or she provides. Because of these principles, we do not actively monitor and will not censor user content, except in limited circumstances described below.”

The Twitter rules regarding private information state that “you may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.” In regard to violence and threats, Twitter rules state, “you may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.”

On Wednesday, Anonymous posted audio tapes of what the group said are the 911 calls to St. Louis County dispatchers after the Brown shooting on Saturday.

A person speaking on behalf of Anonymous told Mashable, "We have released these tapes to the public so as they are able to get a sense of the atmosphere the moments before and the hours after Mike Brown was shot."

The recordings, posted to YouTube on Wednesday, were listened to more than 371,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.

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