Washington Capitals players deal with fake Twitter accounts

The Washington Capitals hockey team is dealing with parody Twitter accounts for several of its players, including Jeff Schultz, Brooks Laich, José Theodore, and Alexander...

The Washington Capitals hockey team is dealing with parody Twitter accounts for several of its players, including Jeff Schultz, Brooks Laich, José Theodore, and Alexander Semin. More sports teams and leagues are turning to social networking sites like Twitter, but not all of them. The Washington Post reports on the issue:
"[Nate Ewell, the team's senior director of media relations,] said he plans to urge Washington's players to sign up for accounts in an effort to discredit the fakes.

"That way, they can say: 'Hey, this is the real Jeff Schultz. I might not post on here, but this is me,'" Ewell said.

While Twitter is working on a "verified account" feature to help in these situations, representatives of the Capitals players have been unable to remove the fake accounts. I also have a more in-depth article about sports and social media coming out in our October issue. Stay tuned.

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