They say impersonation is the greatest form of flattery but I can’t decide if someone creating a fake Twitter account in your name is flattering or not.
This week I discovered that someone has created a fake Twitter account using my name and my picture obtained from my Facebook account.
This subject has been posting parodies of stories I have published at my job.
So far the most annoying thing they have posted, is “I hope no one instagrams the pictures from last night’s strip billiards game.”
After being made aware of the fake account, I contacted the local police.
The officers have not dealt with this before and said they would do some research and get back to me.
I then went to Twitter and it seems that anyone can do this as long as guidelines are followed.
Twitter states that ” Twitter users are allowed to create parody, commentary, or fan accounts including role-playing.”
Guidelines for a Twitter parody account are: The username should not be the exact name of the subject of the parody, commentary, or fandom; to make it clearer, you should distinguish the account with a qualifier such as “not,” “fake,” or “fan; Name: The profile name should not list the exact name of the subject without some other distinguishing word, such as “not,” “fake,” or “fan; Bio: The bio should include a statement to distinguish it from the real identity, such as “This is a parody,” “This is a fan page,” “Parody Account,” “Fan Account,” “Role-playing Account,” or “This is not affiliated with; Communication with other users: The account should not, through private or public communication with other users, try to deceive or mislead others about your identity. For example, if operating a fan account, do not direct message other users implying you are the actual subject, person, band, sports team, etc. of the fan account.”
You can log onto Twitter’s support page to read more.
I did a search and many celebrities have fake Twitter pages as well as organizations. There is a Fake ESPN Twitter page, Fake Paul McCartney, Sarah Palin, Derek Jeter, and the list goes on.
I find this form of flattery unnerving. The fake me is following the real me’s work contacts and responding to them.
The fake me posted that I’m wasted all the time and suggests that my stories leave out facts.
For now it seems I can do nothing about it except try to decide if I’m flattered or not that I have been catapulted into the ranks of such aforementioned celebrities, and hope that people read the entire username and realize that it is not me but a fake me.
This is also an example of how what you put on Facebook can be used against you.