Fake Steven Sinofsky Twitter account has Microsoft's attention [Update]

Someone's having a bit of fun on Twitter this weekend, but Microsoft doesn't seem to be laughing that much. Earlier this weekend, a Twitter profile page was created someone who said he was Steven Sinofsky, the current development lead on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

The Twitter user states up front, "Oh, I'm not 'the' Steven Sinofsky by the way. He's got a little project to focus on for now." However, he has been spending the weekend answering questions from people as if he were the real Sinofsky. He's been claiming that that HP TouchPad owners will be getting a Windows 8 upgrade and also saying that Microsoft want's to license MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" as the official theme song for the Windows 8 launch.

Microsoft is not taking this Twitter impersonator lightly. In a post on the official Windows 8 Twitter account, it states clearly, " @StevenSinofsky please see guidelines on parody and impersonation. Your account is not following them them and has been reported."

Later Microsoft seemed to back down a bit on those threats. In another Twitter post responding to another user it stated, " ... all in good humor, too much mail from confused people as account name a bit too real. follow the rules is all we ask :-)."

Ironically, there is another such impersonator on Twitter, F. (for Fake) Steven Sinofsky. He doesn't seem to qualify for the same treatment as this new Twitter user. Also, F. Steven Sinofsky hasn't updated his page since December 6, 2011.

Update - The "fake" Steven Sinofsky has now renamed his Twitter account so there's no doubt about his identity.

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M_Lyons10 said,
What legitimate reason would someone have to create a fake Twitter account? LOL

maybe he has no real life outside of his mom's basement so has to impersonate someone who's well known just to chat with outsiders

bgjerlow said,
I would literally laugh my ass off if I saw a Windows 8 commercial with the theme song "Can't Touch This" in it.

It has to be done!

GS:mac

Aww. I wa hoping it was a joke account where he'd just take the mick in jest, but the didn't tweet any jokes (and if he did, they were lame).

"Wait, so Microsoft is backing down after promising free WOA for TouchPad users? What the hell, Microsoft!?!?!?" <-- Will be the headlines tomorrow.

I think social sites (twitter, facebook, myspace, etc) should all force people to use there real identities. Give real name, email, and possibly home address or some other verification (other than social number). It is too easy to fake on these sites, cause confusion or enter into someones account other than your own. Google+ I think had started out this way, dont know if it is still this way or not.

Also @foxiefoxie, I wouldn't say lousy journalism, but I have reported this guy before for typos and misinformation. With as much time in journalism as John has there is no reason he cant use a spell checker or PROOF READ his article before submitting them. It is my opinion that this guy is not front page material, his articles are good, but I find myself re-reading three or four times so I can mentally correct typos, double words, and just bad information.

MistaT40 said,
There will be users who didnt look at the bio and not realize it's not the real Sinofsky

*Sorry this was in reply to one of the comments above.

It does highlight the issue with Twitter and some other social services, it's too easy to fake others there or just create annoying confusion.

Yes, I know the guy has "I'm not really him" in his bio - he still used the guys full name.

Ironically, there is another such impersonator on Twitter, F. (for Fake) Steven Sinofsky. He doesn't seem to qualify for the same treatment as this new Twitter user. Also, F. Steven Sinofsky hasn't updated his page since December 6, 2011.

its because he was murdered!

bdsams said,
Seriously?

I'm joking.. it was funny cause he said.. there was this other guy who was imitating Sinofsky but we haven't heard from him since December

So I said to myself in the funny voice.. because he was MUUUUURDERED!

Later Microsoft seemed to back down a bit on those threats.

No, they did not, it was a reply to ANOTHER account. What a lousy journalism.

FoxieFoxie said,
Later Microsoft seemed to back down a bit on those threats.

No, they did not, it was a reply to ANOTHER account. What a lousy journalism.

Rather than calling it lousy journalism, did it ever occur to you that he just misread or misinterrupted the comment and how it was made? What a lousy comment.

Ninja Grinch said,

did it ever occur to you that he just misread or misinterrupted the comment and how it was made?

I would say both qualify as lousy journalism.

Hey guys
What's wrong with that statement? First Microsoft threatened the fake Twitter user...then in response to another Twitter user Microsoft said "all in good humor". There was even a smiley emoticon at the end.....sounds like they were serious about the Twitter user following the rules but the company knows that it was supposed to be funny and not a malicious attempt at impersonation. Sounds like a small attempt at a "back down" to me.