From many reports so far, the so-called micro blogging service is not taking the complaints about the abuses very seriously.
Like the money changers on Wall Street who led us into the recession ditch, executives of the social network (it seems) care more about user numbers and cash potential than anything else, even if that anything else involves egregious breeches of ethics, morality and law.
The latest person of note to complain about this is Marty Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, in a live-blogging talk with students this week at the University of Oregon.
Asked his thoughts about Twitter, Baron said, "I don't have much experience at it. My limited, most intense experience came when someone posed as me."
He added that Twitter "allows people to pose as other people, and to assume their identities. I find this to be extremely problematic."
He concluded that "at the moment I don't think very well of Twitter."
Prior to this there was the piece in the New York Times, reporting on an impostor using Shaquille O’Neal's identify on Twitter. The article said that the poser's "blurbs were whimsical, boastful and creative, even adopting O’Neal’s unique grammatical flourishes." (read)
Also, just today I happened to look up progressive leftist journalist Amy Goodman in Twitter, hoping to link up with her, and I found instead -- lo and behold -- others using Amy's name (as AmyGoodman and Amy_Goodman), with one of them even using an image in Amy's likeness.
As do other Twitter poseurs, wannbes and haters, the ones targeting Amy used sexually suggestive images and tweets, all freely flowing through Twitters unwatched gates.
Hmm. Is Twitter here permitting Dick Cheney and company to have their way with putative opposers of American expansion?
Well, you may have guessed it by now. I have a personal interest in this subject, in that I too (by way of the good name of BrooklynRon) have been ripped off.
And as of this moment Twitter has not even graced me with a response to the complaint.
But, as it turns out, I'm in good company. Lots of good company!
Heck, maybe some day, who knows, class action!