“Verified” Twitter Accounts Could Actually Be Imposters

Twitter can be a great way to keep up with the latest news and updates from your favorite celebrities, athletes and even political figures. Generally, if an account name has a blue verified badge next to it, people trust that it is the “real deal” and not a bogus account. Recently, imposters have discovered a way to beat the system though by cutting and pasting verified badge images onto their Twitter backgrounds.

Click here to see an example.

So, how can you tell if you’re following the real Taylor Swift or LeBron James? Hover your mouse over a Twitter badge and if it is genuine, a tool-tip pop-up will confirm that the account has been verified by Twitter. If no message pops up, it is likely not the person you think you are following.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.