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  • Apple Files Complaint with Twitter Over Fake Steve Jobs Profile



    With hoaxes and parodies becoming more and more commonplace on social networks every day, it was only a matter of time before Apple and its CEO Steve Jobs found themselves on the receiving end of a fraudster's prank. As it turns out, Jobs is among the latest victims of a social networking parody that resulted in a fake profile for the Apple chief turning up on the ultra-popular microblogging platform known as Twitter.

    Characteristically of Apple and its legal team, there was little humor to be found or tolerance to be had of the fake poster (@ceoSteveJobs), which has been responsible for such memorable tweets as: "The iPad 2 will blow you away. Literally. It has a shotgun built in." Still, the obviously phony account and its obviously phony tweets about Apple products have provoked a formal complaint by the tech giant against the social networking giant.

    Incredibly, @ceoSteveJobs has become an enormously popular member of Twitter (370,000 + followers). For that reason, Apple wants it made clear that it has not sanctioned, nor does it support or endorse the fake profile. Consequently, the Twitter account parodying Steve Jobs has revised its public bio, which now reads: "More than meets the i. As you should expect from a parody account." Ultimately, however, the bio revision isn't sufficient. And because the @ceoSteveJobs account is "in violation" of Twitter's official parody policy, the name of the account will also soon change.

    TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Files Complaint with Twitter Over Fake Steve Jobs Profile started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      oh sh1t, but i love @ceoSteveJobs tweets lol some of them are quite funny
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      It looks like apple wants to rain on the fun parade again.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I'm getting sick of Apple thinking the entire world is a bunch of idiots. Taking a photo with the volume button will "confuse" users when they've enabled the feature themselves? Now this?
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      it doesnt take much for apple to get butthurt
    1. dniMretsaMi's Avatar
      dniMretsaMi -
      Wow crApple. Let us have our fun for once...
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      he should change the name to Steve(n) Works. I gotta admit, the tweets are funny, I like the one "until alarm issues have been resolved, do not open the clock app, it will void your warranty" LOL
    1. jay0heavenly's Avatar
      jay0heavenly -
      I bet most followers are already apple fanboys that get a kick out of his tweets. I know I do. Apple needs to worry about competing with the influx of tablets and leave an obvious parody account along.
    1. adam.barb's Avatar
      adam.barb -
      Twitter account was made back in 22 Nov 09, and there just finding this now.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      it took them 370 thousand followers to file the complaint. little too slow
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Apple = No Fun.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      God, It must be boring to be steve jobs.
    1. chuk12chuk's Avatar
      chuk12chuk -
      LOL oh, sh1t thats funny!!!
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      As it turns out, Jobs is among the latest victims of a social networking parody...
      According to this link (DigiMantra | Free follow me on twitter image or badge creator | Know your twitter age |) the account was made in 2009. Not all that recent.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Apple is getting way out of hand. @CEOSteveJobs is obviously, obviously a (hilarious) parody account. It's like if the president actually got offended by the tons of people that make fun of him! Oh, wait. Anyway, if you're in the spotlight you're going to be made fun of. Your popularity will be way higher if you address the comedians and tell them the truth (most the time) that they're funny instead of trying to shut them down.
    1. jonasthebee's Avatar
      jonasthebee -
      ma favorites

      building a social network looks so easy in the movies...

      your mom is a walled garden!
    1. ingesterfella's Avatar
      ingesterfella -
      Trust apple omg I follow this guy on twitter really funny tweets as of toaday that account is still live
    1. dniMretsaMi's Avatar
      dniMretsaMi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Your popularity will be way higher if you address the comedians and tell them the truth (most the time) that they're funny instead of trying to shut them down.
      Quoted for truth. In my opinion, since it's obviously a fake, just leave him alone. He's hilarious and everybody is gonna be (even more) mad if the take him down. crApple needs to get their priorities straight and not worry about a fake "titter" (long story) account.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Haha he makes my day why would apple do that? What's wrong with his name the CEO part or it what if it stood for Crappy Ego Owner
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      As long as he gets to keep his account and just has to change his username, I'm fine with that...
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      it doesnt take much for apple to get butthurt
      Not much at all, like anyone really thought that was steve jobs making those tweets, or even those little figures of him that got removed from the market