Twitter to Crack Down on Fakers

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Twitter to Crack Down on Fakers

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Fake Britneys and Dubyas beware, Twitter is coming for you.

Remember the guy who pretended to be Cliff Bleszinski on Twitter? Perhaps then you also remember that Epic shot him down, forcing him to make it very clear that he was not the real Cliffy B.

That kind of thing is about to get a lot more common after Twitter was sued by Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, over an imposter who used La Russa's name to make satirical remarks about the Cardinals. Ewan McGregor is also said to be considering legal action after a fake account using his name posted about his personal life to an audience of 20,000 followers

Impersonations of real people are not allowed on Twitter except in cases of parody, which must be clearly marked as such, but Twitter does not require any proof of identity, making it almost impossible to prevent. But all that is going to change, as the site tests a system to verify celebrity accounts as genuine.

"We're working to establish authenticity, starting with well-known accounts that have had problems with impersonation or identity confusion," a Twitter spokesman said.

Damn, there goes my dream of being a Bobby Kotick impersonator...

Source: The Telegraph

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I wonder if Gordon Brown has Twitter... hmmmm...
Oh well, I wonder if he counts as a celebrity? :D *Evil Thoughts*

nilcypher:

Damn, there goes my dream of being a Bobby Kotick impersonator...

What would you do? It's not as if his reputation could be ruined any further unless you twitter'd about him saving kittens and helping old ladies across the street.

Oh, La Russa, the Championship money not enough for you? Yahtzee should sue Facebook for all the fakes on it.

Here here! Glad to hear it!

Speaking of fakes, when i myspace gonna fix their problems(I don't use it that much, but its annoying)

Hmmm, I have mixed opinions.

Let me be totally frank, I do not use Twitter, I do not like Twitter. On the other hand I think half the appeal of the system is anonimity and I'm not entirely sure I like the idea of preventing this kind of impersonation simply because of what it says about unmasking people over what should be a service without any accountability if your going to use it at all.

Frankly if your a celebrity and don't like this, then don't use Twitter, and tell everyone you don't do it, or at least not in a form where your celebrity is obvious.

In part I say this because I am tired of "twit hype" and the fact that it's used as a giant advertising/self promotion tool. Half the time I'm guessing that "Celebrities" talking about what they are doing are actually getting paid to draw attention to specific things. Truthfully the impersonators were the only thing keeping this from being what amounts to a glorified advertising tool.

Heck, I'm waiting for some company to develop a satellite that somehow beams information onto the inside of your eyelids so you can "consume information" just by blinking. Guaranteed celebs will have their own "blinki" channels and they will get paid big bucks to casually broadcast doing something at a client's business or whatever.

The only good part when this happens is that hackers will find a way to accidently subscribe people to some of the shock pages in Encyclopedia dramatica, leading to legions of uptight people afraid to close their eyes. :P

nilcypher:

Damn, there goes my dream of being a Bobby Kotick impersonator...

Took the words right out of my mouth. And I even had an evil speech for him too. :(

I never really understood why people are so obsessed with sound-nibbles anyway.

(Not even a sound-bite)

Damn I was going to set up a Optimus Prime account.

I'm quite pleased with this news. Now I don't need to sit here pondering wether or not they're legit. Not always so easy to tell.

nilcypher:

Damn, there goes my dream of being a Bobby Kotick impersonator...

Someone beat you to it. http://twitter.com/bkotick

nilcypher:

Fake Britneys and Dubyas beware, Twitter are iscoming for you.

That's my grammar twitch right there. Drives me batty.

Lvl 64 Klutz:

nilcypher:

Fake Britneys and Dubyas beware, Twitter are iscoming for you.

That's my grammar twitch right there. Drives me batty.

Maybe he meant "Twitter" as in "the group of people who run Twitter"...?

Another thing they should do is kill all the fricking porn-bots. They always follow me and it's annoying.

goatzilla8463:
Another thing they should do is kill all the fricking porn-bots. They always follow me and it's annoying.

Porn bots and advertising bots.
Those guys may not do much, but I'd rather not have them following me.

Interesting, well off to delete 30 twitter accounts

not really

Xvito:

Lvl 64 Klutz:

nilcypher:

Fake Britneys and Dubyas beware, Twitter are iscoming for you.

That's my grammar twitch right there. Drives me batty.

Maybe he meant "Twitter" as in "the group of people who run Twitter"...?

still it should be is not are

i hate twitter with a passion, it's annoying. tho i guess there is some fun to be had being a fake celeb. i can see why they want to put a stop to it, you'd figure they would have had a way to verify the identity of celebs already

cleverlymadeup:

Xvito:

Lvl 64 Klutz:

nilcypher:

Fake Britneys and Dubyas beware, Twitter are iscoming for you.

That's my grammar twitch right there. Drives me batty.

Maybe he meant "Twitter" as in "the group of people who run Twitter"...?

Still, it should be "is" not "are".

Maybe I meant "the group of people who run Twitter" as in "the people who run Twitter"...?

Yes because Twitter is very serious and loads of people over thirteen want to know when Britney Spears is taking a dump[/sarcasm]

Seriously, Twitter is just well....meh. ADD=Twitter.

megapenguinx:

goatzilla8463:
Another thing they should do is kill all the fricking porn-bots. They always follow me and it's annoying.

Porn bots and advertising bots.
Those guys may not do much, but I'd rather not have them following me.

And it's slightly awkward when your parents see that Britney's little F-bots are following you...

It freaks me out a little that people set up these sort of fake accounts, almost like they're not happy with their lives...

Oh, wait.

So does that mean God's going to get banned?

NoMoreSanity:
So does that mean God's going to get banned?

What part of that account _doesn't_ scream parody? And besides, Twitter asking God to prove that's Him invokes that whole "proof denies faith" debate, so, let's just not go there, m'kay?

goatzilla8463:

megapenguinx:

goatzilla8463:
Another thing they should do is kill all the fricking porn-bots. They always follow me and it's annoying.

Porn bots and advertising bots.
Those guys may not do much, but I'd rather not have them following me.

And it's slightly awkward when your parents see that Britney's little F-bots are following you...

I keep getting a new one of those on an hourly basis. It's driving me mad.

Also, don't they already have verified accounts?
For instance:
http://twitter.com/STEPHENFRY
The sign on the top right of the page shows its really him.

What is with people and Twitter? I don't think the world cares if you say that mummy made you a sammich. Go do something more productive, like play video games.

SaintWaldo:

NoMoreSanity:
So does that mean God's going to get banned?

What part of that account _doesn't_ scream parody? And besides, Twitter asking God to prove that's Him invokes that whole "proof denies faith" debate, so, let's just not go there, m'kay?

Now why would anyone even do that? Unless it was some fool that's trying to piss off all of the religious types then its just really weird.

This seems to fit...

Gah fuck i was gunna be megan fox just to see what kinds of people would actually follow her.

Though in all seriousness people who pretend to be celebrities are the worst kind of people they must have even less of a life than those idiots who talk about them all day, oh by the way this news post reminded of a show called the next best thing i saw the other day which i have been furiously trying to scrub out of my mind >_>.

I think these posers have too much time on their hands. Making fake accounts.

Rofl, Get a life?

NOOOOO, NOT EWAN MCGREGOR!

Damn, there goes my dream of being a Bobby Kotick impersonator...

There's always the Devil...
Which is basically the same thing.

Im not the only who doesn't give a shit right? I mean right? :(

I'm not famous and Im not a political figure but if someone made a twitter account saying theyre me and then posted every goatse picture on the net to it I'd be like OMFG my wife discovered twitter. Seriously she posted a picture of my butt on my grammas facebook page. Report it and get over it you babies.

Theres a similar story going on about a bunch of cops who are being "Internet bullied" with fake twitter and blog pages. I'm gonna make an obscure reference state and say:

hey no one gave a shit when 13 year old Megan Meier killed herself after being Ibullied but now Im supposed to give a shit cause you're famous? F-that and F-you.

Sorry my 2 cents.

RIP meg. I gave a shit.

When are they going to crack down on stupidity, banality and irrelevance? Oh wait, that's their userbase.

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