Shortly after New York Comic-Con officially opened Thursday, Brian Crecente, news editor for video game news website Polygon
, tweeted this:
Except he didn’t. His New York Comic-Con entry badge tweeted it for him. The same thing happened to hundreds of other attendees, including members of the press and celebrities, and some of them are hopping mad about it.
Chelsea Stark at Mashable
explained that this year’s badges are equipped with radio-frequency identification chips linked to the holder’s identity. In practice, the chips are for curbing counterfeit badges.
That’s not the only use, though. Attendees were given the opportunity to connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts to their badges, too. Doing so apparently gave convention organizers tacit permission to tweet on the badge holders’ behalf, though many of those badge holders say that wasn’t part of the deal.
Others say the outrage is unfounded and that the auto-tweeting absolutely was part of the agreement of linking the badge to accounts.
That said, there’s no clear warning on the page about badges
on the NYCC website, nor is there anything on the activation page
. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a warning in the fine print somewhere, though.
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New York Comic-Con announced via its Twitter feed Friday morning that
it has shut down the auto-tweet feature.
In a further statement to Polygon
, a convention spokesman said, "This was an opt-in function after signing in, but we were probably too enthusiastic in our messaging and eagerness to spread the good word about NYCC. We have since shut down this service completely and apologize for any perceived overstep."