Twitter banned an account that was impersonating Vladimir Putin.

Twitter bans account everyone thought was really Vladimir Putin

The account said it received a report from Russia about the account.


Andrew Wyrich

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Published Nov 29, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 12:34 am CDT

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it has suspended an account they say was impersonating Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The social media site said that the account, @putinRF_eng, was suspended after a “valid report” it received from Russian officials.

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“We suspended @putinRF_eng for impersonation based on a valid report we received from Russian officials,” the company wrote in a tweet, citing its impersonation policy.

As of earlier this month the account had more than 1 million followers and mostly tweeted about the Russian president’s appearances. The account was created in November 2012.

A spokesperson for the social media site told Reuters that the account was not affiliated with Putin.

There is an official account for the Kremlin, @KremlinRussia_E.

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*First Published: Nov 29, 2018, 10:00 am CST