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Hiding behind parody

Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Matthew Pearn

Parody accounts are often created on social media sites to lampoon public figures, including celebrities and politicians. This practice has become so commonplace on Twitter that many of the social media company’s accounts often flag themselves as being either authentic or a parody by adding key words to the name of the account itself. For example, Donald Trump tweets at “@realDonaldTrump.” Meanwhile, the popular parody account of Kim Kardashian uses the Twitter handle “@Fake_Kardashian.”

While parody accounts can be taken as a lighthearted way to poke...