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Vanessa Bryant impersonation account racks up 50K followers before suspension 

The account thanked fans for their prayers before being removed.


Mikael Thalen


Posted on Feb 5, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:13 pm CDT

A Twitter account that claimed to belong to Vanessa Bryant, the wife of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant, was suspended on Wednesday.

The account, which had nearly 50,000 followers prior to its suspension, sent out numerous tweets in an effort to convince users that it was actually run by the former NBA star’s wife.

“Enjoy every second next to your loved ones, because you never know when they will leave this world,” one tweet from the account said. “Share my message. Thank you all for the support you give us.”

The bio for the page also made references to Bryant and the couple’s daughter Gigi, who tragically died alongside her father in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.

“I love you and miss you Kobe and Gigi,” the page’s bio read. “You will always be my strength”

While many users appeared to be fooled, others were quick to call out the account.

“Whoever is running that fake Vanessa Bryant twitter account is a full on psycho,” Twitter user @cuervocuevs said.

The Daily Dot reached out to Twitter for comment on the suspension but did not hear back by publication time.

Although Vanessa Bryant does have a verified Instagram account, she does not appear to have an official account on Twitter.

Under Twitter’s rules and guidelines, impersonation has long been forbidden on the platform.

“Impersonation is a violation of the Twitter Rules,” the company’s website states. “Twitter accounts that pose as another person, brand, or organization in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended under Twitter’s impersonation policy.”


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*First Published: Feb 5, 2020, 4:57 pm CST