Matthew Keys, Reuters’ social media editor, has been fired. In March, Keys was indicted by the Department of Justice for allegedly aiding Anonymous, the computer hacking group. Keys was charged with giving computer log-in information to Anonymous, who then used it to hack into the Los Angeles Times.
When news of Keys’ indictment broke, Reuters suspended him. According to Keys, he is now officially unemployed:
Just got off the phone. Reuters has fired me, effective today. Our union will be filing a grievance. More soon.
— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) April 22, 2013
Update (5:00 pm):
The Newspaper Guild of New York says Keys was “fired without cause.” Below is the full statement:
Our contract with Thomson Reuters prohibits management from dismissing anyone without just and sufficient cause. We don’t believe the company has the required justification here. At this point, we intend to vigorously defend Matthew Keys as we would any other hard-working member of the Newspaper Guild of New York who had been fired without cause.