” Around 6:30pm Tuesday evening (Dec. 2, 2014), our account on Twitter @ThePeoplesCube that has over 5,000 followers became disabled. Our inquiry resulted in the following discovery.
Remember Julie Bosman, the New York Times journalist, who on Nov. 24 published the location of Darren Wilson’s home, welcoming visits by the rioters and the Black Panthers? Well, on Nov. 26 we responded by Tweeting her and her co-author’s mobile and work phone numbers. Others have also published her home address after which she reportedly received a few COD pizza deliveries.
Julie Bosman is now apparently contacting Twitter demanding to remove all instances of her personal information posted by others. This results in some of the “offending” accounts being selectively suspended because Twitter Rules forbid disclosing other people’s personal info. The same rules, of course, do not apply to the New York Times, whose editors continue to defend the publication of Darren Wilson’s address.
It turns out that some addresses are more equal than others. And so are concerns for individual safety: outing the location of an innocent man who faces death threats from a violent mob is commendable, but outing the phone numbers of a journalist who did that, and who isn’t under any real threat, is a violation of privacy rules and will get you suspended faster than you can say “progressive chauvinism.” “