Recently it was discovered that accounts appearing to be sponsored by some Democrats in Connecticut began showing up on Twitter. It was also discovered that The Connecticut Republican Party is responsible. Not just responsible but gleefully happy about being responsible for this ‘parody’. Up to as many as 33 fake Twitter accounts have been set up by the Republican Party.
The Twitter accounts have names like “MeetChrisDonovan” and “MeetRepDMerrill,” making it seem like Speaker Donovan and the Majority Leader Merrill are the ones typing the 140 character messages themselves. Spokeswoman for the Connecticut’s Democratic Party Colleen Flanagan has asked the Connecticut Republican Party to stop tweeting with the fake Twitter accounts while impersonating Democratic state lawmakers.
“Certainly they have a right to educate voters about these Representatives’ records, but not by impersonating them and giving voters the impression they are, in fact, the Representative themselves,”
While Flanagan conceded all of the Web sites have official disclaimers saying they were paid for and authorized by the Connecticut Republican Party, she opined the names of the Twitter accounts may actually violate Twitter’s terms of service.
“It would be wholly inappropriate for the Connecticut Democratic Party to set up Twitter accounts under the names, “GovLisaMoody,” “Healy4Simmons,” “JodiHeartsLinda,” or “FOIsDontCountforRell,” all of which could realistically give Connecticut voters the impression that they are actual political figures in the state,” Flanagan said.
She pointed to the impersonation clause which says an account “is guilty of impersonation if it confuses or misleads others—accounts with the clear INTENT to confuse or mislead will be permanently suspended.” <Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy said the Twitter accounts have not been suspended so he doesn’t believe they do violate Twitter’s terms of service.
“Its parody and humor,” Healy said in a phone interview. “It’s no secret who is behind these sites.”
“Parody impersonation accounts are allowed to exist,” Twitter’s term of service says. “If they don’t like it, too bad,”
“The purchase and construction of these websites and twitter accounts has been transparent and completely up front,” “We are using this technology telling the truth and if the Democrats don’t like it – too bad.” Healy said in a prepared statement.
Healy also said it’s not his fault the Democratic Party isn’t as “inventive or creative” as the Republican Party.
“Republicans believe the only way our lives are going to change for the better in Connecticut is for the voters to know the truth and then offer them policies and ideas that promote opportunity and reward success,” Healy said.
Flanagan seemed to feel the way in which they were spreading that message was in bad taste.
“Obviously their efforts to beat Legislative Democrats throughout the state have been, to date, an abysmal failure based on the makeup of both the State House and Senate, but resorting to the impersonation of elected officials is extremely inappropriate,” Flanagan said.
Inappropriate indeed and again just more of that good old fashioned hypocrisy. Even though it’s deceitful, even though it’s dishonest, even though it’s illegal in some states, even though it’s unethical, twitter says “Parody impersonation accounts are allowed to exist,” so that makes it okay.
These are the people that want the folks of Connecticut to pay their nice big salaries and benefits while they soak up all the excess and they don’t even care to hide it. They blatantly display their hypocrisy for the whole wide world to see.
Maybe Twitter has changed their mind and is reviewing their own policy now. If you visit the links for these fake accounts now you find they have been removed.
I’m Twitter grateful for having the extra work. The links now take you to a page issues the following statement.
Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here.