New York Comic-Con attendees cry foul over ‘unauthorized’ tweets

Some convention goers linked their entry badges to their social media accounts. They didn’t realize that meant convention organizers would post to those accounts. Now there’s a tweetstorm.

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So much pop culture to digest! Can’t. handle. the. awesome. #NYCC

— Brian Crecente (@crecenteb) October 10, 2013

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.

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