Authenticity of @ItsMorrissey questioned; Twitter verification scrutinized
There was a lot of buzz after word got out that singer Morrissey had supposedly joined Twitter.
And then it got confusing.
Rolling Stone cited the former Smiths singer’s “quasi-official fan club site,” which published a quote attributed to Morrissey saying the @ItsMorrissey Twitter handle is “bogus.”
However, at the time of this post’s publication, the account still has a blue “verified” check mark:
And if you click on the blue “verified” check mark, you’re taken to the Twitter FAQ page, where this explanation appears:
So what’s going on? Opinions vary:
i don't get it
@itsmorrissey is verified and looks legit
morrissey says it's fake
but that shit looks record label work to me— shadowplay (@sorrowwaited) May 16, 2014
There are all sorts of possibilities, but for now the mystery of who’s behind @ItsMorrissey remains unsolved.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct an error in the quote from Rolling Stone. The publication referred to Morrissey’s “quasi-official fan club site,” not his “quasi-official website.” Twitchy regrets the error.
This post has been updated with additional tweets.