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This article was published on August 7, 2015

    BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief ‘accidentally’ tweeted private DMs that could ruin someone’s career

    BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief ‘accidentally’ tweeted private DMs that could ruin someone’s career
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    Mic Wright

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    Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.

    BuzzFeed’s Editor-In-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted a screenshot of a private DM conversation between him and a reporter at The Intercept earlier today. In that exchange of messages, the reporter revealed that they are leaving the publication and inquired about jobs at BuzzFeed.

    The leaked DMs from BuzzFeed's Editor-in-Chief blurred obviously
    The leaked DMs from BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief blurred obviously

    Smith told me, via public Twitter replies, that he posted the image by ‘accident’ and cannot find the screenshot on his phone. He followed up by correcting his initial assertion, having found the offending screenshot.

    We are not naming The Intercept reporter here out of respect to them as it’s clear that they did not give permission for their messages to be publicly revealed. Of course, the details of the exchange have now been captured by many Twitter users and will be easily accessible via search.

    Once something is on social media, it is very hard to erase it. It’s hard to believe that something like this happens entirely by ‘accident’, but I have to take Smith on his word at this point. He told TNW that he’s “mortified” at what happened. As you would be!

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    Additional reporting by Matt Navarra.