Russell Brand is no stranger to ruffling feathers, and a post on his Twitter feed — now deleted — has been no exception. Brand tweeted a photo of a Daily Mail journalist’s business card, including his contact information.
Posting “private and confidential” information is a violation of the Twitter rules, and that includes such items as “non-public, personal phone numbers” and “non-public, personal email addresses.” The argument doesn’t end there, as the Twitter policy goes on to say a case for violation may not be straightforward.
“Keep in mind that although you may consider certain information to be private, not all postings of such information may be a violation of this policy. We may consider the context and nature of the information posted, local privacy laws, and other case-specific facts when determining if this policy has been violated.”
As the Guardian reports, Brand defended his actions shortly after removing the post.
“That was a bit nuts. He put it thru me door with ‘please call’ on it. They’re bothering me mum. Deleted it. I’m human.”
The original post included reference to the Daily Mail’s chief, as an explanation as to why the reporter was trying to contact Brand. BuzzFeed retweeted Brand’s original tweet, this time with the contact details blurred.
— BuzzFeed UK (@BuzzFeedUK) December 8, 2014
The Telegraph further revealed that the reporter’s information had been shared hundreds of times. Fans of Brand claimed to have already contacted the journalist to harass him. Other Twitter users admonished Brand’s actions, among them Piers Morgan.
Russell Brand tweeting journalists’ personal phone numbers? What a berk.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 8, 2014
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Brand recently attended a protest against high rents in London and was called on to defend what he had spent on his own lodgings. Brand’s still-active Twitter feed included a post today that showed students engaged in a protest and admitted he may be on the receiving end of their work.
Group of heavily in debt students campaign to increase tax on rich. This would probably include me pic.twitter.com/7TxCzhNpG4
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) December 8, 2014
Brand is known as a vocal advocate for certain causes. The Irish Independent reported today that Brand protested against the introduction of water charges in Ireland. Brand said the Irish government has “enough resources and enough money, but the infrastructure of Ireland has been set up to persecute the most poor people and benefit the richest institutions.”
[Russell Brand Image: Perou for The Guardian]