When it comes to an online service like Twitter, there is certainly entertainment value there if you know just where to look For instance, there are plenty of parody accounts out there that pop up from time to time, and one of the more recent ones that we could think of is Steve Ballmer and his iPhone gig, which has proved to be a fake account. Majority of these accounts tend to be left alone because they have clearly explained themselves to be satirical in nature instead of trying to pass themselves off as the real McCoy. Of course, there are other accounts that could be held accountable for misrepresentation.
In fact, one of the best examples to not create a parody Twitter account without a proper disclaimer would be this – police officers have recently raided a home in Peoria, Illinois, as part of their efforts to flush out the creator of a parody account that actually insulted the town’s mayor.
The @PeoriaMayor account was said to have been created in February earlier this year, where it came with a photo of Mayor Jim Ardis. Accompanying that was a bio that described his job, as well as his email address. It took a fortnight thereabouts before the bio was updated to clarify that this happened to be a parody account. The damage had been done by then though, as some of the previous tweets did include plenty of references to sex and drug consumption.
Needless to say, this account was suspended since, having snagged a mere 50 followers thereabouts when it was still active. An investigation by the Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard has been launched, where the account’s creator could end up being charged with an offence that might incur a maximum fine of $2,500 in addition to spending a year in the slammer.