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Fake Zlatan on Twitter continues to fool Italian media

Seriously Italy, get with the Twitter programme. Once again an Italian newspaper has been fooled by a prankster, pretending to be AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Twitter. This time it is the Naples based daily Il Mattino that quotes the Twitter account “@therealZlatan11” in an article with the headline “The latest provocation by Ibra. Twitter: Aronica, nobody knows”.

Il Mattino, calls Ibra “cool and cocky”. Not entirely convinced, but suspecting this is the real Ibra, the paper says that he posted the following tweets after the Monday night game between Napoli and AC Milan (about Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica):

zlatan on twitter

But really, it doesn’t take a genius to determine that this is as fake as a Twitter account gets. The English is lousy and way too provocative even for a person with Zlatan’s record of getting in trouble. And a simple Google search would reveal several blog posts pointing out the blinding obvious fact that Zlatan doesn’t have a Twitter account. Previous cases with fake quotes include AP and Sky Italia.

Fact checking, better than guessing?

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  1. Dennis says

    Italians like such spicy provocations, anything that taste scandalous would go.

  2. Nick says

    Hej Hans, Hur mår du? I saw this story on Brand Republic and was about to send it to you when I realised that it came from you in the first place!

  3. kullin says

    Hi Nick, thanks. Sorry for late reply, was offline for a few days.

    Yes, I’ve been following the fake account with great interest. I find it amazing how little research they do before using quotes in articles.

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Twittercirkusen kring Zlatan igång – igen linked to this post on January 26, 2012

    […] förvirring uppstått. Medier har flera gånger gått på falska twitterkonton från Zlatan och gjort nyheter på dem. Zlatan själv har kommenterat spektaklet med att han ”lägger fokus på rätt saker […]

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