Twitter Shuts Down Calgary Police's Account During a Flood Emergency Because They Had Reached Their Daily Maximum Number of Tweets

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Twitter Shuts Down Calgary Police's Account During a Flood Emergency Because They Had Reached Their Daily Maximum Number of Tweets
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There is currently widespread flooding in southern Alberta, prompting the Canadian government to order the evacuation of nearly 75,000 people concentrated around downtown Calgary. Throughout the day on June 20, the official Twitter account of the Calgary Police Department was being updated furiously with the latest news concerning the flooding, including updates on military response, newly stricken areas, as well as general safety tips for evacuated citizens.

That is, until the account was suspended for the rest of the night for exceeding the daily tweet limit. The CPD couldn't post any updates on the situation, and even had to have one of their constables, Jeremy Shaw, use his personal Twitter account to take over live tweeting.

It took over two hours for the Twitter support team to respond and lift the CPD's account suspension, which may not seem like much, but let's remember: two hours is a long time when you're in the middle of a civil emergency.

After 12: Booze News: All Beer, No Head

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After 12: Booze News: All Beer, No Head
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In case you've been living under a rock for the past week or simply don't enjoy wildly depressing news stories, the man pictured at the top is Luka Magnotta, 29, a Canadian self-professed gay adult film star who murdered a Chinese student in his apartment, uploaded a video of it to the internet, decapitated the body, and sent various body parts to, among other places, the Canadian Conservative and Liberal Party headquarters.

On June 4, Magnotta was arrested in Berlin, but not before the Montreal Gazette posted a picture of the deranged killer on its website drinking a Labatt Blue.

Harmless? Not according to Labatt, who subsequently threatened to sue the Gazette if they did not remove the image. Labatt associate general counsel Karen Sullivan had this to say to the newspaper:

"As I am sure you can understand, this image is highly denigrating to our brand, and we are disturbed that this image remains on your site despite repeated requests and the many images available of this person."

Labatt later dropped the case, but not before the internet got a hold of the story. The result? A Twitter tag called #newlabattcampaign. Some of the finer examples of slogan suggestions are pictured above. Just another example of when you're dealing with the internet, it's best to just let sleeping dogs lie.