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    Default 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.

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    Last edited by Michael Essany; 01-07-2011 at 11:16 AM.

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    oh sh1t, but i love @ceoSteveJobs tweets lol some of them are quite funny

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    It looks like apple wants to rain on the fun parade again.

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    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?

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    it doesnt take much for apple to get butthurt

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    Wow crApple. Let us have our fun for once...

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    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

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    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.

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    Twitter account was made back in 22 Nov 09, and there just finding this now.

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    it took them 370 thousand followers to file the complaint. little too slow

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    Apple = No Fun.

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    God, It must be boring to be steve jobs.
    [SIGPIC]

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    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.
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    Twitter It Up!!

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    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.

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    ma favorites

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

    your mom is a walled garden!

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    Trust apple omg I follow this guy on twitter really funny tweets as of toaday that account is still live

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    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.

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    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

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    As long as he gets to keep his account and just has to change his username, I'm fine with that...
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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