The high-profile Wendi Deng Twitter account has been proven to be a fake, even though it had the much-coveted Twitter verification logo for a while. The whole palaver has raised questions about how, exactly, Twitter verifies whether accounts of celebrities are genuine.
Confirmation of the fakery came from the account itself on Tuesday afternoon. Allegedly, the Twitter verification logo appeared as a surprise to the account’s owner, leading some to wonder how the microblogging site goes about the business of verifying celebrity users’ accounts. Are there any other mis-verified accounts out there?
While the Wendi Deng account is a fake, the recently-unveiled Rupert Murdoch Twitter account is apparently still genuine (although one has to wonder whether we can still believe the apparent confirmation by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey). Murdoch has so far made no comment about the Deng error, although contrary to some reports he seems not to have ever interacted with the fake Deng account.