Twitter suspended an account affiliated with the Internet group Anonymous on Thursday after the group posted a photo claiming to reveal the identity of the police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown over the weekend in Ferguson, Mo.
St. Louis County Police Department denied that the photo belongs to the officer who shot Brown. The department has thus far refused to publicly disclose the identity of the officer who fired at Brown, citing concern for his safety.
Twitter declined to comment on the matter, noting its general policy to not discuss individual accounts "for privacy and security reasons."
But a spokesman did point to the site's published rules, which state: "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 authorization and permission."
Currently, the Anonymous Twitter page simply states that the account has been suspended.
Earlier in the week Anonymous, which has a history of politically motivated hacking, demanded that authorities reveal the identity of the officer who shot Brown. On Wednesday, the collective published audio files it claims are police-dispatch and emergency-response tapes related to the shooting.
Large protests have since erupted in Ferguson since Brown's death, with many claiming the shooting was racially motivated. The ensuing police crackdown on the protest has also been controversial, sparking a national debate about the militarization of law enforcement.
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