Why verified accounts won’t kill off Twitter fraudsters

Twitter has announced on its blog that in the summer* it will be introducing a “Verified Accounts” feature for some of its more high profile users, designed to help reassure members that the account is real and not belonging to an impersonator.

The reason why they’ve introduced this is that there has been a steady stream of bogus Twitter accounts set up in the name of celebrities – Al Gore, Hermione Granger actress Emma Watson, Vint Cerf and Kanye West are amongst those…

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