Want to keep it private? Don’t tweet it — OPINION
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Opinion piece on CNN.com
(CNN) — Since I eat, breathe and sleep social media, when I hear someone’s online account has been hacked, tampered with or altered in any way I can’t help but feel bad. When Rep. Anthony Weiner announced last week not only that his Twitter account was hacked, but also that someone had apparently gained access to his personal photos along with access to a Twitter photo application, it made me sick to my stomach.
Then, the wheels in my head started to turn. Was this a prank? Was a competitor or political foe waging war? Was Weiner the victim of a new hack or virus I’d yet to learn about? I went into action mode. I connected with peers and clients to educate them on social network protection tactics, including password best practices.
I began to update client crisis communication plans to include a section on “online hacks resulting in sensitive information being shared.” This seemed like a learning opportunity. And if Rep. Weiner, for his part, handled it correctly, he could emerge unharmed.
Perhaps it was naive, but I didn’t consider the alternatives: that he had used and taken advantage of a real-life issue that many, from media outlets to, yes, other politicians, deal with on a daily basis — the dreaded hack; that he would risk his career and credibility by sharing private information on a public platform. That he lied…
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