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Fake MTA account suspended by Twitter after tweet goes viral

Posted on December 7, 2018

The fake Twitter account had been posting the same tweet about massive subway delays for days until it got traction during a particularly rough morning commute.
Via Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The fake Twitter account had been posting the same tweet about massive subway delays for days until it got traction during a particularly rough morning commute.
Via Gov. Andrew Cuomo

NEW YORK -- A fake Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) parody account called @TheOfficialMTA earned a suspension from Twitter after its tweet announcing delays on nearly every train line went viral, the Daily News reports.

The tweet, which announced delays on the “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,A,C,E,B,D,F,M,J,Z,N,Q,R,W, and G” trains, earned at least 3,000 retweets. The account had been posting the same tweet for days until it got traction during a particularly rough morning commute.

Twitter suspended @TheOfficialMTA at the request of the real MTA for violating the social media platform rules by stating that it’s an official account, with a bio that calls itself, “The official source of all your early morning headaches and a reminder that this is what you get when you underfund public transportation infrastructure.”

Parody accounts must be clearly identified in their bio, with terms like “parody," “fake,” or “commentary,” and an account handle that distinguishes it from the real thing, according to Twitter. For the full story, click here.

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