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New York Times Tech Reporter Will Be Allowed to Keep Toilet Bear Twitter Avatar

"No, that is unlikely; seems fine to us."

Posted on May 29, 2014, at 5:56 p.m. ET

On Thursday, New York Times Business Editor Dean Murphy and Technology Editor Suzanne Spector announced to the paper's staff that Re/Code's Mike Isaac would be joining the NYT as a tech reporter.

It had some people wondering if The Times would make Isaac change his Twitter picture — which is of the Charmin mascot — because of some conflict in the paper's lengthy ethics policy:

Oh they're gonna make him change the toilet bear.

Alexia Tsotsis@alexia

Oh they're gonna make him change the toilet bear.

5:07 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

lol shut up no way charmin bear works for the nyt

Caroline O'Donovan@ceodonovan

lol shut up no way charmin bear works for the nyt

5:09 PM - 29 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told BuzzFeed they would make Isaac do no such thing:

No, that is unlikely; seems fine to us.
And to me (I'm no expert), it's not entirely obvious that this is actually the 'Charmin' bear.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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