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Has been suspended for abusing Manti Te'o twitter account. This was tweeted out by the P&C beat writer. Hopefully this shuts down that fake account permanently
Don't understand why some of you care.
Simple. The account posts stuff that are negative and makes it look like JD is tweeting it when it is not. A lot of people make the mistake thinking it is really JD when it is not. It doesn't claim to be a parody. Why would you want it to negatively affect JD's name and image?
Why don't you care? Are you not proud of our University, it's upstanding players that act the proper way on and off the field?
People who know twitter know who the real people are. Every celebrity out there has fakes.
Because 99.9% of people that follow Twitter aren't stupid enough to believe that it's actually JD. Do you realize how many fake handles there are out there?
I would be willing to bet that the majority of people that actually know it is a fake are message board folks like us. And that number is a much lower percentage of the literally thousands of followers he has. Many Sports reporters (national) have made the mistake that it was a real account.
Your more than welcome in continuing the discussion. However, this is the last time I will speak on the matter because its silly to pretend some of these responses aren't trolls
You would lose that bet. Most people are aware of fake handles on Twitter. I'm not even on Twitter and I am aware of them.
Yeah, people are SO aware of the fake Clowney handles that thousands were retweeting derogatory comments the fake profile was making.
The likes of Reece Davis, David Pollack (but we all know he's stupid), and dozens of other college football reporters retweeted statements that made JD look bad, if you didn't know it was a fake account. They, along with the other couple of thousand people who retweeted them, didn't know it was a fake JD.
Stop being ignorant as to how badly fake twitter handles can affect players. It can.
How did it affect Clowney?
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If its no big deal than why is the university trying to get it shut down?
Link to University trying to shut it down? Are they trying to shut down all 5 of them?
Guys, Twitter is serious business and is not to be taken lightly. TIA
The fake Clowney twitter had more followers than the real one, and it's not even funny. Nowhere did it say it was a fake account. As previously mentioned, media types did in fact think that was Clowney's real account, and it could impact his national perception. Here's an article from the Post & Courier discussing it:
COLUMBIA — Like many people, Darren Rovell followed Wednesday night's breaking news about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend on what now functions as America's national town hall — Twitter.
While scanning the popular social media website, Rovell noticed several snarky entries, or tweets, from an account purportedly run by Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina All-America defensive end who Te'o beat out for national awards and met at the ceremonies.
Is social media at least partly to blame for Te'o hoax, or were journalists just being lazy?
“Why would he talk trash about Manti Te'o?” Rovell wondered. “Would he really do that? Or is that just an athlete being stupid?”
Rovell is a sports business reporter for ESPN with more than 300,000 Twitter followers, and he immediately wondered if this was really Clowney's account.
“There was definitely some skepticism in my mind, but my eyes followed it to 45,000 followers,” said Rovell, a former victim of Twitter impersonation.
With so many followers, the “JadeveonClowny” account certainly appears legitimate. The bio makes no mention of it being a parody. Several tweets seem like a college football player could have written them, with references to the rapper Chief Keef and one entry that just reads, “TURN UP.” As of Thursday night, the account had 51,722 followers.
Some of its tweets about Te'o were reposted by respected media members on their own Twitter pages — a re-tweet, in Twitter parlance. This tweet, a play on a lyric by the rapper Jay-Z, had been re-tweeted 12,536 times as of Thursday evening: “If you having girl problems I feel bad for you son Manti Teo has 99 problems but a girl ain't one.”
But tweets like this are a problem for Clowney's public perception, because the account isn't run by him.
His real account is “clownejd”, and though it has 22,281 followers, it's hard to tell if that really is Clowney. It is not verified as an official account by Twitter. It has no bio information. Clowney put “carolina_7all day” in the spot where most users list their real names. The fake account has “Jadeveon Clowny” in that spot, presumably spelled wrong on purpose.
Check out Andy Paras' latest blog post concerning the phony Clowney accounts on Twitter.
However the Te'o hoax concludes, the way it was perpetrated on Twitter, and Clowney's supposed response to it, highlight bigger issues about Internet identity authenticity that have been around since someone created the first chat room screen name. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are now where many people form online opinions of others, and where recognizable athletes like Clowney are most accessible to the public, and can build their personas.
Clowney is projected as the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He is one of the most famous athletes in USC history. In the near future, he likely will have millions of dollars, endorsement opportunities and a personal brand, which has already started to take shape, with his helmet-jarring hit against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
So it doesn't help his reputation when someone posing as him on Twitter writes, “Manti teo should have just gone the tebow route and admitted he was a virgin,” and 2,600-plus people re-tweet it, regardless of whether they think the account is real, or if they enjoy digs at Tim Tebow.
“The problem becomes that if someone does quote it, even like the smallest online site quotes it as real, that's going to live on the Internet,” Rovell said. “And if someone is making a business decision … if it instantaneously becomes part of your Internet record, that's a problem.
“It's been going on long enough that when the fake account has more followers than the actual account, that's a problem. I think that there's no debate that this needs to be shut down right away to prevent further damage. I think Twitter needs to do some work, too. This is a great question of: How responsible are corporations for what they let you do on their message board?”
Clowney's actual Twitter account has not referenced the Te'o hoax. Clowney offers benign tweets like “Chill day for me” and “Man what kinda championship game is this” as Alabama was blowing out Notre Dame in the national title game.
USC officials haven't discussed the prominent fake account with Clowney, but they are taking steps to eliminate it. USC coach Steve Spurrier does not allow his players to tweet during the regular season. During that time, the fake account caught on, said Brittany Lane, the school's coordinator of digital and social media.
USC fights back
On Wednesday night, when ESPN analyst David Pollack re-tweeted an entry from the fake Clowney account to his nearly 88,000 followers, Lane wrote to Pollack on Twitter: “That Jadeveon account is a fake. Don't perpetuate please.” Pollack removed the fake account's tweet and posted an apology.
Lane said Twitter's terms of service allow parody accounts, as long as they are identified as such, but prohibit “impersonation” accounts. A Twitter representative did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the person who runs the prominent fake Clowney account.
Lane has sent several messages to the person, asking to identify the account as a parody, but received no response. When the account's Te'o tweets spread Wednesday, Lane filed an impersonation report to Twitter, as she has done with accounts that falsely represented USC football players Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore, and a previous Clowney account. Those accounts were eliminated and Lane said it is “most likely” this one will be, too.
“That was kind of the catalyst for: All right, we don't have a choice anymore,” Lane said of the Te'o tweets.
Clowney's real account being verified as official by Twitter would clear up confusion. But in most cases, Twitter does not respond to requests for verification. If “your Twitter account meets our qualifications for verification, we may reach out to you in the future,” according to the site.
Knowing people at Twitter helps. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit joined Twitter before the season and was immediately verified, partly because his agent had a contact at the site. It was important for ESPN to remove any doubt that this was Herbstreit, said network spokeswoman Keri Potts, who coordinates college sports public relations.
Instances like someone with about 6,000 followers tweeting last June as if he was Rovell, or the prominent fake Clowney account, should not be taken lightly, even if some people just use Twitter for fun.
“A lot of these guys have a lot to lose if people are putting things out there that could be perceived as coming from ESPN or coming from a respected reporter,” she said. “Considering the year Clowney is expected to have next year, it would really behoove the school to protect his brand and be proactive. Especially since it's not clear that it's a faux account or that it's satire, it could be totally damaging.”
With Clowney's situation, “the Twitter verification would help probably more than anything else,” said Charles Bloom, USC's senior associate athletic director for external affairs.
USC could also list athletes' real Twitters with their bios on the athletic department website, as other prominent college sports teams do. Lane said USC officials have considered that.
“We discuss (Twitter) weekly, if not daily,” said Eric Nichols, USC's assistant athletic director for marketing. “I don't know that anyone has figured out the right way to do it, and we're all evaluating constantly to figure out what's best for the student-athlete and what's best for the program.”
This is stupid... The Media --> (ESPN) has reported "facts" from information from wiki and other nonfactual resources. I know people that manage fake accounts (not this Clowney account) that have stated on their account that they were a fake account and ESPN National and TOS reported it as factual information. The problem is a lot of these media outlets are to lazy to perform real fact checks (ex: Manti Te'o girlfriend story).
As for CockyEveryDay- You clearly don't understand how twitter works. There are companies that specialize in making accounts for advertisement, these maybe for large companies or just random people that make a killing just being some famous person's fake account.
It's no use man.
A lot more potential for negative than positive. I'm for shutting it down.
I don't see how that seems to be so hard to understand for some. This will do nothing but bad things for his image, which can cost him more money than I'll ever make in my life. So I'd say it is a legitimate concern and should either be shut down permanently or have something added that identifies is as a parody account.
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Exactly. I don't understand why people don't get this.
JD has actually asked this guy to stop.
Sadly, out of 80k+ followers, you'd better believe the vast majority don't know the difference! How would they??? Yes, there are parody accounts abound, but they all acknowledge it somehow. When JD first started trying to up his followers, that account clearly claimed to be the real one & there was a big issue about which was correct. Due to the fake having bigger numbers, people tended to fall for it over & over. The big attraction, I think, is that he interacts with people, a lot! It makes them feel important & they bite. In fact, very few people believe it was fake until he kept tweeting stuff right after games, needed a LOT of reassurance in his performance too!, & Carolina fans knew players don't use twitter like that during the season.
There was a fake Ellington account last year before he was even on! You think people really know automatically?? They don't because he/she tricked multiple players into having conversations. Even declared his intentions as far as playing both sports goes loooong before BE did. Didn't take long before Bruce had let the guys know it wasnt him & they would out him when he tried to converse w them. His answer? Private account. So then he accepts fans, & again they feel special. I don't think it's still up because BE ultimately joined, & I haven't heard anything else about it. But the fake account banned me for constantly telling people he was fake too.
In short, parody accounts are supposed to be funny, not behave like identity thefts! Even if those followers' opinions have no real affect on JD's life, he has the right to NOT have other people control the image that is put out to the world. So, if he doesn't want it to exist, that should be all there is to it, period.
I don't get why some people care or why this was even a topic of discussion on the radio this week. Anyone who has any experience can tell that is a fake account within about 3 seconds.
Good point! I'm convinced now and have changed my stance
I bet Manti Te'o doesn't know if it's a fake or not. Mirite?
Lol. No doubt
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