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article imageOp-Ed: Ashton Kutcher blacklists 'Star' reporters on public Twitter feed

By Malysa Stratton Louk     Feb 1, 2012 in Entertainment
Four 'Star Magazine' and '' reporters are 'blocked' from Ashton Kutcher's public Twitter feed, along with other entertainment journalists amongst Kutcher's 9 million Twitter followers.
On Monday, January 30, 2012, several reporters from Star Magazine and were blocked from following actor Ashton Kutcher’s public Twitter feed (@aplusk).
Reports from suggest Kutcher may have blocked the reporters because of their extensive reporting on the situation between Kutcher and Demi Moore; however, no official explanation was given.
David Perel (@IMPerel), Star Magazine Editor in Chief and Managing Editor, and Dylan Howard (@dylanshoward), Star Magazine Senior Executive Editor and Journalist, began a series of tweets relating the demise of their permissions to follow @aplusk.
"Should we be flattered or insulted that @aplusk took the time to ban@dylanshoward and moi? He had to sort through 9 million followers!"
30 Jan
"Out of 9,355,302 followers, @IMPerel and I didn't make the cut. What's with that @aplusk?! Come on... I loved Dude, Where's My Car?"
30 Jan
The tweets didn’t stop there. Obviously, Perel and Howard weren’t too heartbroken over the ban as they continued their running commentary and jokes regarding Kutcher's anti-social media strategy.
"Sure @aplusk has banned @dylanshoward and me from following him, but we always had a lot more fun with Charlie anyway! #winning"
30 Jan
"@dylanshoward We should get T-shirts: Banned by @aplusk."
30 Jan
Shortly after Perel and Howard were given the Twitter feed boot, Jessika Walsten (@JessikaWalsten), Staff Producer and Jen Hutton Heger (@jenheger), Legal Editor at, added their names to the list of “axed” reporters.
"Just discovered I am blocked from following @aplusk. I guess the epidemic is spreading. @IMPerel @dylanshoward"
30 Jan
Walsten may be on to something. It appears Kutcher’s anti-social-media-blocking epidemic is spreading outside the confines of Star Magazine and Dax Holt (@daxholt), TMZ on TV Producer, tweeted Tuesday:
"Feeling pretty honored right now that @AplusK took time out of his BUSY schedule to track me down & block me on twitter #blessingindisguise"
31 Jan
In addition to searching through more than 9 million followers to track down unwanted reporters, Kutcher simultaneously removed his Twitter profile photo, leaving a black void in its place.
Kutcher has yet to comment or provide an explanation for his blacked-out photo and blacklisting of reports.
Twitter allows its users to block tweets from appearing in another user’s Twitter feed; however, adding a block does not prevent users from viewing and reading tweets from public profiles. Since Ashtun Kutcher’s profile is public, anyone can still access his tweets by visiting his profile directly.
Some say Kutcher is contributing to antisocial media, rather than social media, by blocking entertainment journalists and reports from his public feed. Others feel Kutcher has a right to privacy, even though his profile is public. What do you think?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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