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A Twitter account parodying Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs with phony statements about the company's products has prompted a complaint from the iPhone maker to the popular social networking service.

The account @ceoSteveJobs is one of the most popular parody accounts on Twitter, with more than 370,000 followers. The author of the account was contacted by Twitter this week to let him know that he is in violation of the service's parody policy.

According to TechCrunch, Twitter received a "valid report," or complaint, on behalf of the person being parodied, or someone legally authorized to speak on their behalf. The service was notified that the @ceoSteveJobs account is in violation of Twitter's official parody policy.

Twitter's policy requires that a username make it clear the account is not legitimate, using words like "not," "fake," or "fan." It also suggests that the bio for the account state that it is a parody, something the owner of the account did after receiving the complaint.

"More than meets the i," the revised bio now reads. "As you should expect from a parody account."

The owner of the account identified himself as Christof, and reportedly said he will also revise the name of the account to comply with Twitter's rules. But he also said they believe a name change on the account would make it less funny, as "most parody doesn't blatantly label itself."



The phony account lampoons Apple stories in the news, including the iPhone alarm clock bug that made headlines this week. "All mobile phones have alarm problems," the fake CEO said on Monday. "Press conference Tuesday."

Commenting on Thursday's launch of the new Mac App Store, the account proclaimed that Apple has "created for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology." Another post this week reads: "The iPad 2 will blow you away. Literally. It has a shotgun built in."

Apple's legal department has been protective of the company's CEO, and last month halted the sale of figurines using Jobs' likeness on eBay. The items showed Jobs, in his trademark blue jeans and black mock turtleneck, holding an iPhone and standing atop a white Apple logo.
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Wise man once said that a sign of maturity is whether or not you can laugh at yourself.
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i might have an odd sense of humor but i don't think it's funny
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Wise man once said that a sign of maturity is whether or not you can laugh at yourself.

Nother wiseman once said "don't f*ck with someone using their name especially if they are woth many billions of dollars!".
post #5 of 65
Everyone needs to lighten up.
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Originally Posted by msuberly View Post

Everyone needs to lighten up.

Not necessarily.

Proud AAPL stock owner.

 

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post #7 of 65
it is parody, after all. and good for christof.

i have resisted following twitter. but since the top free app in the new mac app store was twittier, i downloaded it. i think this will be the first twit i follow.
post #8 of 65
370,000 followers for something that sounds quite stupidly unfunny?

Wow, the power of Apple/Jobs's brand name never ceases to amaze....
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Apple's legal department has been protective of the company's CEO, and last month halted the sale of figurines using Jobs' likeness on eBay. The items showed Jobs, in his trademark blue jeans and black mock turtleneck, holding an iPhone and standing atop a white Apple logo.



I am NOT amused. These guys think that they can pretend to be me?

NOBODY is as great as ME! I got lawyers up the ass!! I'll sue you miscreants!
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Originally Posted by NotSteveJobs View Post


NOBODY is as great as ME!

Ha ha. (NOT).

Jobs would probably say it correctly: "...as I AM."
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Originally Posted by ****_Its_Hot View Post

Nother wiseman once said "don't f*ck with someone using their name especially if they are woth many billions of dollars!".

That an exact quote?

I don't see the twitter stuff as much different than some SNL skits, Steve needs to lighten up a bit. I doubt anyone out there would describe him as laid back & good humored, he seems pretty tight wound. Just cause they wear jeans & Ts, don't let it fool you, those are uniforms. They uniformly try to look cool by all dressing like Steve Jobs.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Wise man once said that a sign of maturity is whether or not you can laugh at yourself.

William Arthur Ward is a wise man?

There is a difference between laughing at someone and laughing at yourself
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Originally Posted by Onhka View Post

William Arthur Ward is a wise man?

There is a difference between laughing at someone and laughing at yourself

Nope, not who I was quoting, another wise man once said that even fools can speak wise counsel.

Edit: not a jab at Arthur Ward by the way, I actually know nothing about whom you speak of.
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Wow, twitter has a "fake" policy? I guess ya have to, after all, so many legit stars use it.

Twitter. The fact that it is popular speaks volumes of our society.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

That an exact quote?

I don't see the twitter stuff as much different than some SNL skits, Steve needs to lighten up a bit.

Anyone watching an SNL skit can see they are watching a parody and not the real person as most of their stuff uses actors. But given that a number of actors and celebs are on twitter it is possible for many to think he is Jobs. That is the concern since he didn't label himself clearly as a joke. And his comments could do a lot of damage.

A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

(She's family so I'm a little biased)

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A non tech's thoughts on Apple stuff 

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post #16 of 65
Apple not amused? What a bunch of up tight, control freak dicks.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Nope, not who I was quoting, another wise man once said that even fools can speak wise counsel.

Edit: not a jab at Arthur Ward by the way, I actually know nothing about whom you speak of.

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To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity. William Arthur Ward

So who is your (first) wise man?

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Fools laugh at others. Wisdom laughs at itself. Osho
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

370,000 followers for something that sounds quite stupidly unfunny?

Wow, the power of Apple/Jobs's brand name never ceases to amaze....

Although in this case it might be more the size of the number of Apple detractors that is highlighted by this. There are enough funny Jobs parodies for the Apple fans to follow, the unfunny ones can be left to its determined critics.

(Individually most of the tweets can be seen as funny, taken together they are getting old.)
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AI saying that Apple is not amused implies some kind of emotional involvement. I don't think the facts stated in the article show any emotional involvement. At least one news organization has mistakenly taken this account for the real Steve Jobs a fact which was omitted from the AI summary.

"Last time the @ceoSteveJobs account made headlines it was because it had confused the UKs Daily Mail enough to publish a post quoting it as the real Steve Jobs account. So perhaps Apples concerns are valid."

You'd think with CES going on we could get some better articles here from AI.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Wise man once said that a sign of maturity is whether or not you can laugh at yourself.

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Originally Posted by NotSteveJobs View Post

I am NOT amused. These guys think that they can pretend to be me?

NOBODY is as great as ME! I got lawyers up the ass!! I'll sue you miscreants!

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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

That an exact quote?

I don't see the twitter stuff as much different than some SNL skits, Steve needs to lighten up a bit. I doubt anyone out there would describe him as laid back & good humored, he seems pretty tight wound. Just cause they wear jeans & Ts, don't let it fool you, those are uniforms. They uniformly try to look cool by all dressing like Steve Jobs.

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Apple not amused? What a bunch of up tight, control freak dicks.

What all you genius' are forgetting is that Mr. Jobs was okay with "Fake Steve Jobs" (another seriously lame, unfunny parody), and it went on for years. He is even quoted as saying he thought it was (occasionally) funny.

So everyone jumping on the obvious meme of Apple being "over-controlling," or Steve Jobs being "wound too tight" are just wrong. This meme is what *really* wise people used to call a popular misconception.

It's more likely that someone posting a tweet about Apple products having shotguns in them, is the root of all the commotion. That's not only not funny it's directly disparaging and defamatory.

If this idiot "christof" had any real talent, he could get a laugh without resorting to stupidity, violence and insults. If it really *was* a "parody" account, it would be more intelligent and, you know ... actually parody the guy instead of just saying a lot of dumb stuff.
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Originally Posted by veblen View Post

it had confused the UKs Daily Mail enough to publish a post quoting it as the real Steve Jobs account.

The Daily Mail can get confused (and that's putting it politely). Only in November they mispelt a guy's name, got his nationality and that of the police force investigating his murder wrong!
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

Anyone watching an SNL skit can see they are watching a parody and not the real person as most of their stuff uses actors. But given that a number of actors and celebs are on twitter it is possible for many to think he is Jobs. That is the concern since he didn't label himself clearly as a joke. And his comments could do a lot of damage.

I don't know, some of the skits are very good, if I was flipping channels I might be fooled.

In all seriousness, if the guy is truly pretending to be Steve and telling people he is Steve Jobs of Apple then that is criminal. However, still seems like Apple likes to crush people who poke fun at them. Maybe I'm not taking it serious enough, don't know, I don't claim to be any of the wise men I posted quotes from. I'm quite humble enough to admit that I'm probably more of a fool.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

What all you genius' are forgetting is that Mr. Jobs was okay with "Fake Steve Jobs" (another seriously lame, unfunny parody), and it went on for years. He is even quoted as saying he thought it was (occasionally) funny.

So everyone jumping on the obvious meme of Apple being "over-controlling," or Steve Jobs being "wound too tight" are just wrong. This meme is what *really* wise people used to call a popular misconception.

It's more likely that someone posting a tweet about Apple products having shotguns in them, is the root of all the commotion. That's not only not funny it's directly disparaging and defamatory.

If this idiot "christof" had any real talent, he could get a laugh without resorting to stupidity, violence and insults. If it really *was* a "parody" account, it would be more intelligent and, you know ... actually parody the guy instead of just saying a lot of dumb stuff.

Hmmm, guess I misjudged this one, if what you say is true then I hope Apple puts the biggest boot they got on him.

I don't really follow twitter, guess I should stick to things I know about. My apologies.
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I don't think the problem was notSteveJobs' parodying, it was that he actively pretended to be the Steve Jobs without labeling himself as a parody.

Granted, looking at it, I doubt anyone would truly believe it was the real Steve Jobs, but you need to label yourself as a parody.
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Originally Posted by msuberly View Post

Everyone needs to lighten up.

People who tell everyone to lighten up need to lighten up.
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Originally Posted by Damn_Its_Hot View Post

Nother wiseman once said "don't f*ck with someone using their name especially if they are woth many billions of dollars!".

Until that billion dollar man f*cks with the guy that has nothing to lose and gets his head cracked? Money wont help him then. You sue someone for everything they have, then they have nothing to lose.
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Originally Posted by NotSteveJobs View Post

I got lawyers up the ass!!

If you must have lawyers, that's the place for 'em.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

That an exact quote?

I don't see the twitter stuff as much different than some SNL skits, Steve needs to lighten up a bit. I doubt anyone out there would describe him as laid back & good humored, he seems pretty tight wound. Just cause they wear jeans & Ts, don't let it fool you, those are uniforms. They uniformly try to look cool by all dressing like Steve Jobs.

It's a lot easier to tell on video that it's not really him.

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Wow, twitter has a "fake" policy? I guess ya have to, after all, so many legit stars use it.

Twitter. The fact that it is popular speaks volumes of our society.

It does have too much mind share. Social networks have value, but a lot of people need to dial it back. Especially web sites, a dozen icons to "share" a page on a social network is stupid.

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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

What all you genius' are forgetting is that Mr. Jobs was okay with "Fake Steve Jobs" (another seriously lame, unfunny parody), and it went on for years. He is even quoted as saying he thought it was (occasionally) funny.

All true. Though didn't FSJ host his own web site? I'd gather that he would have to be sued to be stopped. Maybe the twitter account isn't something Apple would sue over, but with an available procedure to have the account changed, that would use that system but maybe not resort to a lawsuit, which is hypothetically speaking, of course.

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It's more likely that someone posting a tweet about Apple products having shotguns in them, is the root of all the commotion. That's not only not funny it's directly disparaging and defamatory.

That's so obviously not true that I don't see how it is disparaging and defamatory. I don't believe it could qualify for the legal definition of defamatory.
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That's so obviously not true that I don't see how it is disparaging and defamatory. It would be disparaging and defamatory if reasonable people would think it's true, but I don't see how.

You really think that most of the people that comment here are reasonable?


It is obvious Twitter and such are not on his favorite list.
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Here’s the pitch Steve Jobs is making to media companies: Cut your prices, and I’ll help you move a lot of product.

Speaking at the D8 conference, the Apple CEO said he wants to help save journalism because “I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers myself. I think we need editorial more than ever.” Ahem. Regardless, “What we have to do is figure out a way to get people to start paying for this hard-earned content.” Okay. So how to do that? “Price it aggressively, and go for volume.”.

http://d8.allthingsd.com/speakers/steve-jobs/
post #30 of 65
Cobra Commander nor Batman have sued over their parody accounts. Steve may have billions at his disposal but I'd be a lot more intimidated by one of them.
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You really think that most of the people that comment here are reasonable?

Maybe I can change that, I don't think it can pass a legal definition of defamation. Otherwise, I'm not sure where you're going there.
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Originally Posted by hezetation View Post

Wise man once said that a sign of maturity is whether or not you can laugh at yourself.

while i do wonder if Jobs knows what pure joy and laughter is....the twitter account name was misleading and not obvious it was 'fake'.
post #33 of 65
You can clearly tell who's a blatant fanboy and who has a sense of humor by reading these comments. Bet you would find a Steve Ballmer parody funny.

Everyone needs to lighten up. Including Apple.
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I know people love to paint this as Apple using it's clout to crush a little guy, but the only real issue here is whether or not the twitter account in question violates twitter's policy on parody, and on the surface it looks like it does.

I work for a fairly small college that has little clout whatsoever (and definitely no billions of dollars) and recently we discovered the name one of our more well-know professors being was used by a twitter account holder. There was no maliciousness behind it; rather, the account was basically just publishing quotes from the professor's works. However, he/she had garnered a lot of followers by using the professor's name to the point where people thought that it indeed was his twitter account. We asked the person to change the account name, but received no response. We then filed a complaint with twitter, making it clear that we didn't want the account removed, but only wanted the name changed. Instead, twitter completely removed the account.

So it seem that twitter takes it's parody policy very seriously, where you're a big company or small college. Apple is completely within it's rights to offer a complaint, and seemingly has done so using the proper channels. Perhaps instead of whining about the situation a person should instead first familiarize themselves with the policy's of a website before embarking on such an endeavour.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

What all you genius' are forgetting is that Mr. Jobs was okay with "Fake Steve Jobs" (another seriously lame, unfunny parody), and it went on for years. He is even quoted as saying he thought it was (occasionally) funny. .....
..... If this idiot "christof" had any real talent, he could get a laugh without resorting to stupidity, violence and insults. If it really *was* a "parody" account, it would be more intelligent and, you know ... actually parody the guy instead of just saying a lot of dumb stuff.

100% correct ... like a lot of people this morning, I checked out this site and was really disappointed. I appreciate smart, witty humor .... but nothing that I saw on that site had any of those qualities. It was like reading something that a teenager living in their Moms basement might tweet .... adolescent, moronic and dumb. Oh well, maybe next time ..... \
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In all seriousness, if the guy is truly pretending to be Steve and telling people he is Steve Jobs of Apple then that is criminal. However, still seems like Apple likes to crush people who poke fun at them.

Wow ... even if you're on Apples side, you're like ... not! .... must hurt like hell, going through life with a fence post up your ass. ...
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If you must have lawyers, that's the place for 'em.

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post #38 of 65
Twitter and Apple need to take care in this case that they aren't impairing an individual's right to freedom of speech. Parody and satire are included.
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That tweet account confirms to me what I've always believed .... people who just love to tweet .... are known as twits!
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Twitter and Apple need to take care in this case that they aren't impairing an individual's right to freedom of speech. Parody and satire are included.

I gather you don't know your Bill of Rights.

The First Amendment reads,

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

You are aware that Congress does not mean companies, schools, your parents, etc., etc.
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