Parody Twitter account @ceoSteveJobs (no prizes for guessing who it's parodying) was temporarily suspended while all the iPad 2 rage was going on last night. This parody account has been responsible for such tweets as, “Anonymously sending fake shots of the next iPad to tech blogs. Man, I love Photoshop.”It has close to 460,000 followers (this social networking enthusiast included).
The account actually makes Steve Jobs look adorable. So why the suspend?
Here's what's interesting. When you search for www.twitter.com/ceostevejobs it gives you the account suspended page. However, the person behind the account is tweeting under @falseSteveJobs. Check out the image below.
Tweeting under a different name
It is unclear why Twitter temporarily suspended this account. On January 1st of this year, the California government passed a law on 'online impersonations' declaring any type of impersonating intended to defraud or cause harm unlawful. Twitter's terms and guidelines for parody accounts had also modified in concordance however, the account hadn't violated any of Twitter's terms of service. From the handle change, it seems Twitter just wanted the account holder to make it obvious that he/she isn't the real Steve. But come on, FALSE Steve Jobs? That's just lame.
Publish date: March 3, 2011 10:22 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:23 pm