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Fired Reuters Social Media Editor Says He's Being Threatened
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Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:51:23 -0500 (CDT)


By Adam Martin
Daily Intelligencer
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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