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Spoof Newspaper Boss Account To Be Revealed By Twitter

 11:49 am on Jul 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

Spoof Newspaper Boss Account To Be Revealed By Twitter [bbc.co.uk]
Twitter has warned the owner of an account spoofing a newspaper executive that they are to reveal his identity to the company.

Northcliffe Media, which is owned by the Daily Mail Group, issued a subpoena to the social network through a Californian court.

The company said the tweets were "obsessive and offensive".

"I can confirm we have taken action to ask Twitter for help in identifying the individual in order to protect our staff from harassment," Mr Auckland said in a statement.



 9:56 pm on Jul 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

I suppose it's no use telling the BBC-- and the rest of the UK while we're at it-- that "Californian" is a noun. The adjective is simply "California". Grr.


 4:15 pm on Jul 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Following up on this, it appears they are accused of hacking into an e-mail account.

If proven true, that's far more serious than a few undesirable tweets.


 5:20 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

More on this story...

Legal Action Dropped [bbc.co.uk]
A UK newspaper group has withdrawn its legal action over a Twitter account spoofing its chief executive.

Northcliffe Media, owned by the Daily Mail, filed a subpoena in the US to have the identity of '@UnSteveDorkland' revealed.

But the account holder successfully challenged the order and the media group has subsequently backed down.

The still-anonymous tweeter described the case on Friday as "shameful and unnecessary".


 5:48 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

i really dont understand twitter. i just had a look at that guys page to see what all the fuss was about, and there is nothing interesting on it at all. once you've scrolled down past all the recent court business and got to the actual spoofs bit, its just all nonsense and in-jokes. and he's churning them out about twenty times a day. why do people follow this stuff?


 6:19 pm on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

The only people that care are those that 'get' the in jokes.

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