Twitter Identity Theft: Fake @KrisKobach could confuse voters

Fake KrisKobach Twitter Account

The election process is confusing enough to voters without intentional misrepresentation via new media on Twitter and blogs.

Yesterday, someone used Kris Kobach’s name to setup a fake Twitter account, which could be used to send out Tweets that appear to be from the Kansas Secretary of State candidate.  Obviously such messages could be used to embarrass Kobach or confuse voters at times that are unpredictable.

Do we really want voters or the press being mislead like this in our statewide elections?  Twitter should allow removal of such Twitter accounts.  If they do not, perhaps Twitter may be subject to law suits about facilitating identity theft.

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