Solís Social Media Woes: Twitter Removes Unofficial Account Posing as the President Only to be Replaced the Same Day

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – On Tuesday, Twitter removed an account that claimed to belong to President Luis Guillermo Solís, following a complaint filed in November by the communications department of the Presidential House. However, by the end of the day, a new parody account for the president under the username @luisguiyermosr was created.

According to Boris Ramirez, director of communications for the Presidential Palace, the difference between the first account and the new one is that it was publishing false and misleading information while posing as the president.

The new account created today only has two followers, but is already following 66 people. As of this afternoon it had not published any tweets.

According to Twitter’s policies, “Accounts with usernames or similar appearance (the same background image or avatar) are not automatically infringing our spoofing policy. The account must also portray other misleading or confusing tweets.” This was the reason that prompted the network removed the first account.

Ramirez adds that Twitter users can create parody or fan accounts but it should be noted somewhere that is not an official account.

According to Ramirez, they currently have a number of accounts on Twitter that publish commentary on the president, without violating any regulations.

The actual Twitter account for President Luis Guillermo Solis is @luisguillermosr and has a blue circle with a check indicating that it’s an official account. (Amelia Rueda)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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