Russell Brand could face ban over tweeting journalist's business card
Comedian Russell Brand could be facing a Twitter ban after he tweeted the business card 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. Brand said the journalist had posted the card through the letter box of mother's house.
Though it has since been deleted the image could be 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, Mr Brand 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 Mr Brand'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.