Nov 29, 2018

Twitter suspends account impersonating Russian president Putin

Getty Images/PA Twitter has suspended an account that purported to be the official English language feed of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The account was reportedly created in 2012 and posted mainly official links to Mr Putin's public appearances. Many of its followers believed the account to be real, and it had featured in reports by the BBC and others. Twitter said, after receiving advice from Russian officials, the account breached its impersonation policy, which states: "Twitter accounts portraying another person in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended". This is not the first time Twitter users have been deceived by fake accounts.

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