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Associated Press Boss Berates Staff for Tweeting Occupy Arrests

Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Park Arrest - H 2011
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The news organization felt it necessary to remind staffers of its rules surrounding social media.

Higher ups at leading news organization, The Associated Press, are not happy about being scooped on Twitter by its own employees when some of its staffers were arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest on Tuesday.

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The New York Magazine got its hands on an email that was sent out Wednesday morning from an unnamed boss they refer to as “on high” and he or she doesn’t sound pleased.

"In relation to AP staff being taken into custody at the Occupy Wall Street story,” the email states. “We’ve had a breakdown in staff sticking to policies around social media and everyone needs to get with their folks now to tell them to knock it off.”

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“We have had staff tweet – BEFORE THE MATERIAL WAS ON THE WIRE – that staff were arrested."

AP’s rules surrounding staff use of social media states, “Don’t break news that we haven’t published, no matter the format.”

A number of journalists were arrested during an Occupy Wall Street protest on Tuesday morning in New York City, including at least two members of the Associated Press.

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