Talk about milking publicity.An imaginary cow now has more followers on Twitter than the real-life lawmaker who filed a $250 million lawsuit earlier this week that names the parody account as a defendant.Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., filed the lawsuit against Twitter and a handful of parody accounts on Monday, alleging the social network silences conservative voices and makes money from "abusive, harmful and defamatory" content. Nunes alleges that two accounts and a political analyst attacked and defamed him and that Twitter ignored his complaints.One account named in the lawsuit, @DevinCow, which pretended to be the lawmaker's cow, had fewer than 2,000 followers when the lawsuit was filed. But as of Wednesday, the account had ballooned to more than 500,000 followers, surpassing the 396,000 who follow Nunes' account.The @DevinCow account was apparently created to mock Nunes' upbringing on his family's dairy farm, something he's made central to political identity since he's been in … [Read more...] about Imaginary cow conquers congressman on Twitter after $250M lawsuit
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By Matt Schneidman | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: October 18, 2018 at 10:05 am The real Jon Gruden has disappointed this season, to say the least, but the fake Jon Gruden has been right on point. While the 55-year-old trades his best player, leads the Raiders to an underwhelming 1-5 start and inspires fans to make a website counting down the milliseconds until his 10-year contract expires, a 26-year-old public relations and content specialist at a real estate investment firm in Ohio takes advantage. Justin Greear created the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account before the 2014 season, after his Tim Tebow parody account ran out of gas with Tebow fading from the spotlight. Greear picked Gruden as another iconic personality the masses knew from his gig as Monday Night Football color commentator, and the account gained 100,000 followers in just three months. Now @Faux_Gruden has over 348,000 followers, combining … [Read more...] about Who’s behind the Jon Gruden Twitter parody account?
When I stumbled across this hilarious parody account on Twitter, I lost 30 minutes of my workday to laughter. It’s called @movie_goofs, and it tweets joke criticisms of movie “mistakes.” Do you want to be a cryptocurrency millionaire? Don't get your hopes up. VISIT HARD FORK The fellow behind the tweets, Sean, plays the role of a daft movie critic pointing out inaccuracies in films that, as you may have guessed from the above tweet, aren’t actually “goofs.” The best part about the account isn’t actually the jokes, funny as they may be, it’s the comments. A shocking number of people have replied to Sean’s parody tweets by fansplaining to him why his criticisms are invalid – invariably to the delight of everyone else. Take this tweet, the account’s first, for example: It has 42 comments and it seems like most of them are people rolling their eyes at some silly movie critic who doesn’t understand what he or she is … [Read more...] about This hilarious Twitter account triggers film fans with fake criticisms
Twitter has banned a parody account of Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, after the Canadian government asked the social media platform to take action. The Toronto Star reported Thursday that McKenna’s office had lodged an official complaint with Twitter about the now-defunct parody account that allegedly fooled some people into believing the messages came from the minister.On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office confirmed that McKenna’s ministry had asked Twitter to ban the account, contending it wasn’t a “parody” but an “impersonation,” which the social media platform does not permit. Curiously, the first word in the fake account’s biography was “parody,” but nonetheless the ministry argued that some people could be tricked into believing it was McKenna herself sending out the messages. The account employed the same profile and banner pictures that Ms. McKenna … [Read more...] about Canada’s ‘Climate Barbie’ Convinces Twitter to Shut Down Parody Account
For better or worse, Twitter has become a major source for breaking news and thought-provoking discussions on a variety of different topics as the social home to numerous personalities. The trend isn’t unique to a specific industry, as individuals can curate their Twitter feed and establish a niche for themselves in any field of choice. The technology sector is no exception. Tech news is frequently first reported on Twitter — not to mention networking. With that in mind, here is a roundup (in no particular order) of the top people in the tech industry to follow on Twitter for breaking news, technology trends, and perhaps more importantly, jokes. Tech titans of industry Elon Musk (@elonmusk) Amusingly referring to himself as a “hat salesman” once, Elon Musk’s Twitter account is informative, educational, and entertaining. On Twitter, Musk provides updates about his companies (SpaceX, Boring, and Tesla) while also cracking the occasional joke. Musk also … [Read more...] about Who to follow on Twitter if you want to understand tech