social networking site twitter today suspended an account because it attempted to impersonate the huffington post. twitter suspended the account, @huffpostnews, because it was designed to look like the huffington post’s twitter feed, @huffingtonpost, and made numerous negative and insulting comments about left-leaning public figures like president barack obama and msnbc news anchors keith olbermann and rachel maddow.
the associated press reports:
A Huffington Post spokesman says the left-leaning news and opinion Web site was not hacked when a Twitter social network feed emerged in its name and began issuing insults with a conservative bent.
Mario Ruiz tells The Associated Press in an e-mail Saturday that the account isn’t operated by The Huffington Post, but was set up to appear as though it was. He followed up later Saturday to say that Twitter had suspended the account.
again, i repeat: impersonation is a crime. phishing websites that attempt to lure internet surfers to their sites by mimicking or impersonating real sites should be punished. sites that utilize anonymity and aliases that impersonate known figures are illegal too, especially when the false accounts are used to harass, defame, and libel their victims. even first amendment champions like twitter know this. (too bad nowpublic didn’t know this…)