The tech world is abuzz today with TechCrunch a reputable blog, publishing documents that were stolen from twitter by someone else and sent to TechCrunch.
Those documents contained critical information and important information about the growth and future of twitter, however the folks at TechCrunch thought otherwise and decided to make the documents public, which in turn has bought them hate from several quarters.
Twitter had been silent on the issue, but looks like TechCrunch proclaiming that twitter had allowed them to publish them the documents have led to a backlash.
Early afternoon (PST) Evan Williams (@ev) the CEO of twitter, tweeted this, questioning TechCrunch about them saying that twitter had authorized the publishing of documents.
A bit later, they took it further in a blog post titled Someone Call Security. Twitter clarified why the hack happened and also gave a befitting response back to TechCrunch.
Twitter is more than jotted-down notes from a handful of meetings. Our future will be shaped by the passion and inventiveness of everyone who uses Twitter and through the execution of our ideas. Nevertheless, the publication of stolen documents is irresponsible and we absolutely did not give permission for these documents to be shared. Out of context, rudimentary notes of internal discussions will be misinterpreted by current and future partners jeopardizing our business relationships.
Along with a hint that they may sue them in the future.
We are pursuing a path to address the harm caused by these actions as noted yesterday.
There is definitely a battle brewing here, it would be interesting to see what the outcome is, however a big question arises, is it ethical on part of any publications to publish stolen documents that may contain information that is critical to a company?