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Authenticity of @ItsMorrissey questioned; Twitter verification scrutinized


There was a lot of buzz after word got out that singer Morrissey had supposedly joined Twitter.!/itsmorrissey/status/466688743936520194

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:!/cornax/status/467408689834762240!/sarahmayhayes/status/467406352995065857

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!/SDuncovered/status/467420038840852481!/WiIIett/status/467371864281853953!/ronxo/status/467380910749274112!/EvieN/status/467381233622601729

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.

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