CNN Disowns ‘Fake’ Twitter Account

A broadcast television network disowned a Twitter account using its namesake to spread disinformation on the micro-blogging platform.

CNN Philippines issued this clarification on November 16. It also shared a screenshot of the false news item and the link of the page in its tweet.

“FAKE ACCOUNT! We are not, in any way, affiliated with this page. Its previous username ‘cnnphiIippines’ replaced the small L (l) in ‘philippines’ with a capital i (I),” its tweet read.

It added, “Our handle is also verified. We have reported this page to Twitter.”

The screenshot, meanwhile, has a false quote attributed to President Rodrigo Duterte.The fake Twitter account can no longer be accessed as of today.

Last March, there were also a series of false posts about the novel coronavirus that featured news logos of GMA Network and The Philippine Star. Fake news purveyors are using legitimate news media outlets’ social media post templates to make false posts look authentic.

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