Fake @NYTKeller Twitter Account

The account above looks real, right? Bill Keller's name, photo and URL are all correct. Most importantly, his Twitter handle reads: @nytkeller.

 

Well, it turns out this is actually a fake Twitter account.

 

After suspecting something was off with the account — namely that it didn't have a little blue "verified" symbol next to it and didn't show an accurate follower count — I discovered that the two "ll"s in the Twitter handle were actually a capital "i" and lowercase "L." So in Twitter's app, it looks like a capital "ll" when in reality it spells his name with an "il." I notified someone at Twitter late last night (see the timestamp of the screenshot) and asked if this was a Twitter bug, or a fake account and they said they would investigate. It turns out, it was the latter.

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  • qthrul 3y

    Fonts matter.
  • mishaman61 3y

    nice investigative work. I missed them, how were the fake tweets?
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