City Councilor Sue Uteck Silences, Threatens To Sue, Person Who Set Up FakeSueUteck On Twitter

from the recalibrate-your-humor-sensors dept

Comboman alerts us to yet another story of yet another politician totally overreacting to something online. Up in Halifax, Canada, someone had created typical "fakeperson" accounts for city councilor Sue Uteck (FakeSueUteck) and the mayor, Peter Kelly (FakeMayorKelly). As you hopefully know, the "fakeperson" phenomenon is pretty popular on Twitter (and blogs), with pretty much every famous (and often semi-famous) people having "fake" personas, clearly stated as such, making silly statements. Most people roll with it, but not Uteck and Kelly, who both went to the police, who apparently contacted Twitter, leading to the accounts disappearing. They both seem to claim that this was bad because people would think it was really them, but that's just ridiculous. Both accounts were named as fake and clearly were fake. But Uteck isn't backing down and is now threatening to sue whoever set up the account, if she can figure out who it was. Update: In the comments, it's been pointed out that Uteck has now backed down and is saying she'll start ignoring the fake tweets now saying "I don't want the police to waste any more precious resources on it." Seems kind of a shame they had to waste any resources on it, doesn't it?

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    Berenerd (profile), 1 Oct 2010 @ 1:07pm

    It was batman...

    I have fakeproof.

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    Just Wondering, 1 Oct 2010 @ 1:07pm

    Were they born this way?

    ... What is it with politicians with no sense of humor? Are they atempting to alienate the population with stupidity or do they take classes for it?

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    Derek Bredensteiner (profile), 1 Oct 2010 @ 2:01pm

    Learning Experience

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1203858.html

    "I don’t want the police to waste any more precious resources on it. I’m sure the fake tweeters will move on to something else soon enough," Uteck said in an interview.

    Uteck said she will just ride out the trend for the time being and write off the entire experience as a learning exercise and a cost of being in the public eye.

    "Honestly, who has the time for this? It’s just another technological change that I have to learn about."

    She said the unsettling thing about the experience was the readiness with which some people believed the trash talk about Kelly on Twitter was real.

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    GeneralEmergency (profile), 1 Oct 2010 @ 2:20pm

    Obigitory Internet Response....

    Twas I who created said Twitter accounts.

    Signed,
    Spartacus

    Third hovel on the left.
    Misirable, Nasty Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2010 @ 2:30pm

    Paranoia runs rampant when you lie for a living.

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    danny (profile), 1 Oct 2010 @ 2:44pm

    FakeMikeMasnick.ha

    This woman is just begging for someone to buy the domain name fakesueuteck.com to track her misplaced outrage.

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    FakeFaker, 1 Oct 2010 @ 2:53pm

    New Twitter A/c: Fake_FakeSueUteck

    Sue who now Sue. lol

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    FakeSuperman, 2 Oct 2010 @ 12:19am

    I object. It was not me, good netizen. Rather I suspect Fake Lobo to be the culprit.

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    Gregg L. DesElms (profile), 2 Oct 2010 @ 12:20pm

    The "Update" contained: "In the comments, it's been pointed out that Uteck has now backed down and is saying she'll start ignoring the fake tweets now saying 'I don't want the police to waste any more precious resources on it.' Seems kind of a shame they had to waste any resources on it, doesn't it?"

    Ah, such wisdom in hindsight. Indeed, she probably overreacted. But some people take their reputation and the sole use of their identity kinda'... oh... I dunno... seriously. Silly them.

    She cannot be blamed for availing herself, until she better understood the bigger picture, of the resources she perceived appropriate. After all, it does say "to protect and SERVE" on the sides of their patrol cars.


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    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com


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