Fake Pope on Twitter dupes thousands of followers, says he’s loved more than Santa Claus

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was only named as the new Pope in Rome’s St Peter’s Square a few hours ago, and already he’s making an impact on social media.

Hundreds of thousands of Twitter users, for instance, have started to follow @JMBergoglio, which purports to be the Twitter account of the Argentinian cardinal who has just landed the top job in the Roman Catholic church.

Indeed, every time I refresh my browser I see hundreds more people are choosing to follow the account…

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