Fake Cormac McCarthy account fools Twitter founder Dorsey
Published 06/02/2012 | 14:07
A CORMAC McCarthy Twitter account, set up in the name of the reclusive novelist, has been revealed as a fake, after fooling Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of the microblogging service.
An unpublished Scottish author, Michael Crossan, who is a great fan of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, was actually the person behind the account. He told the Scotland on Sunday, that he set up the account because he wished that McCarthy, his great hero, had a presence online.
“I had looked for McCarthy and he wasn’t there. I dodnt think he would be, but I thought it would be amazing if he was online.
“I came across Margaret Atwood’s tweets. I had read and admired her novel The Handmaid’s Tale and I tweeted her as Cormac. It just snowballed from there,” he explained.
Both Atwood, who does run her own Twitter account, and Dorsey, fell for the forgery, believing that McCarthy, the author of 10 novels including The Road and No Country for Old Men, who is famously reclusive, had indeed joined the service.
Dorsey tweeted to his 1.8 million followers: “Join me in welcoming @CormacCMcCarthy to Twitter! We have the best authors in the world right here.”
Similarly, Atwood asked her “T-pals” to welcome the American McCarthy to the site.
However, Dorsey followed up his tweet saying he couldn’t verify the author’s account for certain, as it had not been given a ‘blue tick’, which Twitter gives to high profile people to confirm their veracity.
Last month, a fake Wendi Deng Twitter account was set up in the name of Rupert Murdoch’s wife. It went one better, fooling Twitter’s verification team, leading to the account being officially verified as her with the blue tick - before being outed as a hoax.
After three days and 33 tweets, Crossan’s hoax was uncovered and the account has now been suspended.