Twitter deleted tweets over the weekend that linked to articles about TV shows that were leaked online. And then Twitter deleted people’s tweets about the deletions.
TorrentFreak, a website that reports news on piracy issues, published a story on April 8 about episodes of several TV shows that had leaked online before they aired. TorrentFreak called the leak “one of the largest breaches ever.”
The TorrentFreak story didn’t link to pirate sites that are hosting the leaked content, but that didn’t stop Twitter from deleting tweets that linked to the TorrentFreak story. Even the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had their tweet deleted.
Twitter even deleted tweets linking to a follow-up story by TorrentFreak from April 11.
Starz made a statement to IndieWire apologizing for the takedowns that may have “inadvertently” targeted the wrong content.