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Rare Twitter Handle Allegedly Stolen Is Now Returned To Owner

     
9:52 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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This sounds a little strange to me. I would have thought twitter held the keys.

Twitter username @N - which had allegedly been stolen - has been returned to its original owner.

Naoki Hiroshima, who had held the Twitter handle since 2007, claimed last month that a hacker had stolen it. Rare Twitter Handle Allegedly Stolen Is Now Returned To Owner [bbc.co.uk]
However, he did not mention how he got back the control of the handle.
10:33 am on Feb 26, 2014 (gmt 0)

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PR stunt maybe?

Or perhaps the thief had an attack of conscience... ha!

But yes I would have thought the Twitter gods would have been the only ones with the powers to return the name.
2:14 am on Feb 27, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It doesn't say that Twitter didn't give him the handle back...I was assuming this was something Twitter investigated and accomplished internally.