Twitter bans account everyone thought was really Vladimir Putin

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

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

“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.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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