Tuesday, February 10, 2009

'Dalai Lama' Twitter account suspended after exposed as fake

Lama Lama Ding Dong

From the United Kingdom, the Telegraph reveals that the Tibetian holy man has a doppleganger. As zenlike as most tweets are, they weren't his.
The feed attracted nearly 20,000 followers within 48 hours after launching under the Tibetan spiritual leader's name on Saturday.

It claimed to be administered by the "The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama", and directed most inquiries from other Twitterers to the exiled monk's official website.


But Twitter took the rare step of suspending the account after it emerged that the person behind it had no connection to the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"The account was suspended because it violated our Terms of Use regarding impersonation," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said.
Still no word on the legitimacy of users Mike Hunt and Ben Dover.

(h/t to DLD)

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