Brand could face ban over tweet
Russell Brand could be facing a Twitter ban after he tweeted the phone number of a Daily Mail journalist to his more than eight million followers on the social media site.
The tweet was a photo of the business card of the journalist Neil Sears, which included his mobile phone number. Though it has since been deleted the image is in breach of Twitter's usage rules, which state that users must not post private information about other users without their permission.
"You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or social security/national identity numbers, without their express authorisation and permission", the guidelines say.
After deleting the tweet, Russell wrote: "That was a bit nuts. He put it thru (sic) me door with 'please call' on it. They're bothering me mum. Deleted it. I'm human."
Some of Russell's followers replied to the initial tweet saying that they had already prank called Mr Sears, and the image was retweeted hundreds of times before being deleted. Others have called on the comedian to be banned from the site.
Twitter's terms of service state that "Twitter reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these rules or the terms of service."
in 2012, British journalist Guy Adams was banned from the site after he tweeted the email address of an executive at US TV network NBC after criticising the network over their coverage of the London Olympics.
Twitter is yet to comment on the incident.