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Organizers for the New York Comic con, which kicked off on Thursday, are facing the wrath of ticket holders who linked their tickets to their Twitter accounts. The convention actually began sending out tweets on the users’ accounts with generic messages about how “awesome” the convention is.
Ticket holders could link their tickets to Twitter using a code on the back of their badges, reports Mashable. The badges all have radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to not only stop fake tickets, but also to allow attendees to link their badges with Facebook and Twitter accounts. But nowhere did organizers say they would use their app to send out unauthorized tweets.
The tweets included several generic messages, plus the hashtag #NYCC and a link to the convention’s Facebook page.
— Chelsea Stark (@chelseabot) October 10, 2013
— Brian Crecente (@crecenteb) October 10, 2013
According to Kotaku, many soon realized that their accounts had been hijacked.
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) October 11, 2013
NYCC organizers later apologized for the gaffe and promised not to do it again for the rest of the convention.
“As you may have seen yesterday, there were some posts to Twitter and Facebook issued by New York Comic Con on behalf of attendees after RFID badges were registered,” the statement, sent to Mashable, read. “This was an opt-in function after signing in, but we were probably too enthusiastic in our messaging and eagerness to spread the good word about NYCC. We have since shut down this service completely and apologize for any perceived overstep. Please accept our apologies and have an absolutely excellent time this weekend. -Your friends at NYCC.”
So the lesson of the story is if you don't want a third party app sending out tweets from your account, don't link it.