â†µThat fake celebrity or athlete Twitter accounts have fooled people in the media is nothing new. But as time goes on, people have gotten acclimated to the service and how others use it, so the fact that there's still rampant deception has to be worrisome to readers unsure of whether or not they can trust stories sourced on Twitter quotes. Today, it was revealed that the feed purportedly belonging to Rodney Harrison -- the one that had gotten into a well-circulated battle with the confirmed real Kerry Rhodes feed last week, sent out this message: â†µ
â†µâ‡¥This account does not belong to Rodney Harrison but everything posted here was taken from interviews he made. â†µâ†µ
â†µConsidering how widely reported the spat was between Rhodes and Harrison, how was the real identity behind the feed first discovered by a self-admission from the imposter? When the Twitter battle was being mentioned during NFL pregame shows last week, how did no one at NBC bother to ask Harrison about his supposed involvement in the back-and-forth? â†µâ†µ
â†µAdam Schefter, meanwhile, the one who took pains to stoke the Rhodes-Harrison Twitter fight, has been mostly critical of the imposter, but stopped short of acknowledging his own credulity in believing it was Harrison without checking to see if it actually was the former Patriot. Naturally, we had thought it was Harrison as well, but had placed a little too much faith in Schefter confirming that first. As always, caution is the watchword in all matters Twitter-related. â†µâ†µ
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