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Fired Reuters Social Media Editor Says He's Being Threatened
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:51:23 -0500 (CDT)
By Adam Martin
April 22, 2013
Matthew Keys, the Reuters deputy social media editor suspended last
month after he was indicted for allegedly helping Anonymous take over
the Los Angeles Times website, learned on Monday the company had fired
him. But Reuters did not fire Keys for his alleged involvement with
Anonymous, he said. Rather, it fired him for tweeting police scanner
traffic during the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' arrest last week,
on a stream that identified him as a Reuters employee. Keys and the
Newspaper Guild of New York have said he will contest the firing. But
now Keys says he's been receiving threats, and they're worded much like
the foreboding missives Anonymous likes to toss around.
Keys' account of his conversation with Reuters can be found on his
Tumblr. He told Politico's Dylan Byers that his indictment didn't come
up during that phone call but that "they did, however, repeatedly make
mention that I had been suspended." His conclusion: "I assume they were
looking for an out."
Now that Keys has been cut loose, choruses of both criticism and support
have found him on (where else?) Twitter. But the private messages Keys
has been getting have been more aggressive, if also a bit cryptic. He
tweeted on Monday night that he'd turned his phone off because he'd been
receiving threatening calls. Keys declined to talk about the calls and
messages with Daily Intelligencer, but he did post a couple screenshots
of texts to his Twitter stream.
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