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November 26, 2012

Twitter Takes Down, Restores Account that Parodies The New York Times

By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor

Concern over a trademark belonging to The New York Times led Twitter (News - Alert) to shut down and then restore an account which pokes fun at the newspaper.

Last week, Twitter restored @NYTOnIt after a 12-hour period when it was taken down.

The newspaper filed a trademark complaint with Twitter involving the listed owner of the account: identified as Benjamin Kabak, who is an attorney. The account often made fun of the newspaper with examples of trends reported by the paper that were clearly obvious or already well-known by the public.

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Kabak announced the temporary closing of the account on his Facebook (News - Alert) page. “Twitter has suspended my account over a claim from The Times that my avatar violates a trademark,” he stated. “I say fair use. Right now, I’m waiting for Twitter to process my request to fix the problem so I can get the account re-enabled. But feel free to spread the word over how the country’s largest newspaper feels threatened by a small Twitter account right now.”

A spokeswoman for The Times said the newspaper was concerned about “the use of our trademarked logo,” according to a report from Mashable.

Later, The Times reported that Kabak was “looking for a new logo — one that will not draw the legal attention of The Times.”

Twitter is not known for closing accounts. On the other hand, some users have chosen to close their own accounts for a variety of reasons. For instance, in August Michael Dell's (News - Alert) daughter’s account was closed after she announced her family's itinerary, which raised security concerns.

Alexa Dell, 18, posted her high school graduation dinner invitation on Facebook and Twitter. The invitation identified in public where her father would be at a specific time – which could have led to a security problem. Michael Dell spends $2.7 million annually for security precautions for himself and his family.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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