As NYCC begins its first full day, a controversy is brewing underneath the surface. Hundreds of attendees have discovered that their Twitter accounts have been sending out tweets promoting the convention. According to Brian Crecente of Polygon, the convention gained access to a number of Twitter accounts when attendees activated their convention badges, which includes a RFID used to verify congoer's identities. As part of the identification process, users were previously encouraged to link their social media to the badge, although there was (allegedly) no notification that NYCC could use those accounts to enter information.
The convention then began to automatically send out Tweets praising the show and sending links to their facebook page. Here's an example of some tweets:
In particular, bloggers and media outlets seemed to be targeted for these tweets, although it could be that they're just the loudest complaining about the (allegedly) unauthorized tweets. However, comic bloggers didn't seem to be affected by this.
If there's any development on this, we'll keep you updated.
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