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Twitter Can Get You Sacked: Reporter’s Rob Crilly’s Tonto Tweets Go Global

by | 11th, October 2011

ROB Crilly knows that Twitter can get you in trouble or sacked. Crilly is the Daily Telegraph’ freelance Pakistan correspondent. When Crilly got into a row with the news desk over their working of his story on Libya, things went awry.

Crilly told editor Tony Gallagher that his words had been  “twisted beyond all recognition” by the deputy news editor Neville Dean. Crilly ordered: “I want you to sack him.”

The Tweets were picked up by the Telegraph’s automatic Twitter feed.

And Crilly was only just getting into his stride.

Crilly’s offence was to use Twitter to let off steam. In the old days journalists would use the phone – either having it thrown at their heads (you know who you are) or by smashing a mobile phone repeatedly into the table at the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub, for instance.

Of course, you editor would have to call you on it – and nowadays they don’t always bother.

 



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