by Mike Masnick
Fri, Oct 1st 2010 12:31pm
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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