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Twitter Just Shut Down A Rex Tillerson Parody Account

The State Department says it's not sure who was behind a fake Twitter account that convinced a lot of people that Trump's nominee was breaking away from the pack.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 2:01 p.m. ET

Posted on January 29, 2017, at 8:08 p.m. ET

Whoever was behind a fake Twitter account purporting to be Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson found themselves on Sunday night with a bit of a problem.

The account — which had been tweeting as Tillerson from the handle @realRWTillerson — was suspended Sunday evening as a series of tweets that criticized the Trump administration's immigration executive action began to spread across Twitter.
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The account — which had been tweeting as Tillerson from the handle @realRWTillerson — was suspended Sunday evening as a series of tweets that criticized the Trump administration's immigration executive action began to spread across Twitter.

"It is now incumbent upon @POTUS to work with lawmakers" on his executive order, the unverified account tweeted out, racking up hundreds of retweets.

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Since popping up in early January, the account spent its time tweeting a mix of innocuous statements and what seemed to be contradictions to the Trump White House's agenda.

That included a seven-part tweetstorm right before the inauguration about how the Boy Scouts — who the real Tillerson was once CEO of — believe in protecting the environment.

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Despite catching the eye of many, the account vanished just before 7 p.m. ET, leaving some of those who had passed its tweets on issuing mea culpas.

State Department spokeswoman Julia Mason confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the Twitter account was a fake and that the department was unaware of who was behind it.

"We have nothing to announce on whether Secretary-designate Tillerson will have a Twitter account in the future," Mason added in her email, referring questions about the ownership of the fake account to Twitter itself.A spokesperson for Twitter said they "can't give [BuzzFeed News] that information," when asked whether the US government flagged the account for removal.
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"We have nothing to announce on whether Secretary-designate Tillerson will have a Twitter account in the future," Mason added in her email, referring questions about the ownership of the fake account to Twitter itself.

A spokesperson for Twitter said they "can't give [BuzzFeed News] that information," when asked whether the US government flagged the account for removal.

Meanwhile, a White House aide tells Bloomberg News that an official account is being set up for Tillerson.

Sec of State Rex Tillerson twitter accounts out there are FAKE, including @realRWTillerson. White House aide says o… https://t.co/6v5IxpaUwr

Whether they plan on informing the State Department of that decision will have to wait, it seems.

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