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Idaho Trans Candidate Sues Twitter Over Fake Account Defamation


Nampa, Idaho mayoral candidate Melissa Sue Robinson is suing Twitter for defamation of character and violation of privacy after a user created a fake account with her name on it and posted lewd messages.

Fox 12 Idaho reports: Robinson "It was a shock for trans-gender Robinson. Someone has created a Twitter account under her name with the title 'woman with a penis'. The fake account has also posted lewd tweets to a Michigan reporter, who said he immediately blocked the feed. 'I e-mailed Twitter and called them and did the same thing with Google and asked them to remove it and that was month ago and they haven't removed it,' said Robinson. Robinson is now working with an attorney on a defamation of character and violation of privacy lawsuit. They'll try to get the name of the person who created the account and then sue them. 'If you're just a trans-gender person living your life out you're working hard doing things to help society, people shouldn't be malicious against you,' said Robinson."

MelisRob is the candidate's real Twitter account.

As of this posting, the fake user account was still live. A link to video from Fox 12 here.

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  1. They REALLY haven't deleted it yet? Crazy!

    Posted by: Stephen | Aug 25, 2009 11:17:34 AM

  2. girrl needs to learn that "malicious" isn't the correct adjective to use here. "funny," maybe...

    Posted by: ian | Aug 25, 2009 11:52:01 AM

  3. Considering that they have been notified and they allow it to continue, I hope Robinson collects a big old heap of cash from the turds who run it. How long would they let someone use fake accounts that slandered and humiliated the twitter owners themselves?

    So now we can add harassment, along with stalking and narcissism-enabling, to the uses for twitter. Good stuff.

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 25, 2009 12:40:43 PM

  4. What did she do, send Twitter a carrier pigeon? Their help section very clearly states what they constitute to be fraud accounts and what to do if you feel you're a victim of one. I have had to file complaints on behalf of several clients and Twitter was always very quick to respond and provide additional information. If Twitter somehow completely ignored her request then yes, she's entitled to some legal backing, but I find it very hard to believe.

    Posted by: Aaron | Aug 25, 2009 12:46:20 PM

  5. Since I really think Twitter and Facebook are ego-stroking mechanisms for the bored, I'm thrilled she's suing.

    Hey, if Twitter offers a product and it just happens to defame innocent people (by misrepresentation) in the process, a lawsuit would do them some good. They need credit card verification on all these social sites- THAT will scare the jerks away.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 25, 2009 1:09:51 PM

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