Rob Ford satire Twitter account @TOMayorFrod suspended
The popular social media account @TOMayorFrod, that satirizes Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, has been suspended by Twitter.
Published Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:30PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:08PM EST
A popular social media account that satirizes Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been suspended.
Richard Feren’s Twitter account @TOMayorFrod, which boasted thousands of followers, was suspended Wednesday after eight months online. The account is a parody of Toronto’s controversial mayor, who uses the handle @TOMayorFord on Twitter.
The social media service “didn’t send any warning or reason,” Feren said in a message on his personal Twitter account.
Twitter has a list of requirements on its website that provides operating rules for parody or fan accounts. Any pages must use a different avatar than the user being parodied, and the bio should include a statement to distinguish it, such as “Parody Account,” or “This is not affiliated with…”
Feren’s “Mayor Frod” account used the same avatar as the real account. The bio read “Official twitter account for Torotno Mayor Rob Frod. Tweets by Mayor Frod & staff.”
By comparison, the true Rob Ford’s account reads: “Personal twitter account for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford” and has a blue checkmark next to the handle, signalling it has been verified by the social media company.
In addition to the intentional mis-spellings, Feren said he’s spoken to city hall staff about the account, so he said it’s unlikely the mayor’s office filed a complaint.
“I have made my identity public for some time,” he wrote. “The account is legitimate satire.”
When Twitter receives a complaint, a representative will review the account using their parody policy, the company’s website. “An account that complies with our parody policy may not be found to be violating our trademark or impersonation policies.”
On Twitter, Feren wrote that he’s filed an appeal to find out why the account was suspended.
He also tweeted a link to a new parody account, @T0Mayorfrod, saying he had no connection to it.
Meanwhile, fans of the account have been tweeting their disappointment over the account’s suspension:
I don't want to live in a city that doesn't have @TOmayorfrod around to help out.— Norm Wilner (@wilnervision) February 19, 2014