TORONTO - Coun. Doug Ford says he’d sue those impersonating him on Twitter if he could find them in the real world.
Mayor Rob Ford’s brother also thinks there should be a law against running a fake Twitter account pretending to be a real person.
“I feel people are cowards that hide behind Twitter (and) falsify myself,” Ford said Monday at City Hall. “I would sue ‘em if I found out who it was.”
Ford doesn’t use the social networking website and doesn’t have a Twitter account.
“I don’t even have one,” he said. “I have never Twittered.”
But that hasn’t stopped others from setting up parody accounts mocking the Etobicoke North (Ward 2) councillor.
“Imagine the three of you if someone put a fake Twitter account started saying nasty things, it gets you ticked off,” Ford said. “A law has to come down federally, I guess it would be federally, to make sure that people can’t do that.”
There are several Twitter accounts pretending to be Doug Ford.
At least one account ended up tricking people into thinking it was actually Ford who was tweeting. Back on March 21, Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong fired off several tweets at a fake Ford account. Minnan-Wong later admitted he thought the account was actually Ford.
Twitter allows parody and fan accounts but has strict rules around how the account is labelled, including a line indicating the account is a parody. It also has a process for people to file impersonation complaints.
But Ford finds the situation frustrating.