Daily Mail Base Story On Fake Twitter Account

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By Dave Ashworth
on 28/6/10

There has been a lot of uproar since the launch of the iPhone 4 with many blogs, tweets and videos highlighting the major flaw with the new iPhone, that being the fact if you hold it in your left hand, it won't work properly.

With so many quality, in depth articles and opinons online, it is little wonder that journalists wanting to research a story will now go online and utilise social media due to the amount of real time information at their finger tips.

And so the Daily Mail, looking for an exclusive, came across the Twitter page for Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

There are many fake accounts on Twitter, the majority that I've come across are harmless fun and banter, they generally make for an amusing read - here are just a selection:

Sam Alladyce

Christopher Walken

Cheryl Cole (pronouced Kerl)

Stephen Hawking

Osama Bin Laden

Fact is, there are loads

So ok, there's a lot out there and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between what's real and what's not.

But, read a couple of Tweets and it should be obvious this is not real:

The white iPhone 4 had a defect allowing every app to be downloaded free of charge. Apple is addressing the issue.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone


To prevent signal problems with the new iPhone, avoid touching the phone at all times.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone


And the Tweet that inspired the Daily Mail's exclusive swoop:

We may have to recall the new iPhone. This, I did not expect.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone


Perhaps the biggest clue was in the bio section, where it reads:

I don't care what you think of me. You care what I think of you. Of course this is a parody account.

Anyway, I think I've got the point across, journalists need to do a bit more investigation into their stories and not take Social Media at face value.

Although the Daily Mail have now removed the story in question,  it's still on the thisismoney website, a partner site and member of the same publishing group, so you can still enjoy it the article in it's entireity:

UPDATE: Seems thisismoney have cottoned on and have also removed the story