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By David Ingram
Twitter on Wednesday suspended an account that had accumulated 1
million followers and the company said falsely claiming to be an official English-language statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin .
Twitter said that the page, with the handle @putinRF_eng was a follow-up. The social networking service said it suspended the account following a report from Russian government officials.
“We suspended @putinRF_eng for posting based on a valid report we received from Russian officials,” Twitter said from one of the Company’s verified accounts. The Service shouts on accounts “depicting another person in a confusing or fraudulent manner”.
Operation since 2012 had the account said since 2013 that it was official, according to versions stored by Internet Archive. An archived version from this month showed that the account had just over 1 million followers.
Some Twitter users who noted the launch on Wednesday apparently believed that the account was official. 19659007] It was not immediately clear who was behind the suspended account.
A separate Russian-speaking account that also claims to be official was still active late on Wednesday. It has more than 2.2 million followers. Like the English account, the Russian has no “verified” symbol.