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(Al Jazeera)   Set up a Twitter account making fun of the mayor of Peoria, Illinois? Yeah, enjoy having the cops show up at your workplace and haul you in for interrogation   (america.aljazeera.com) divider line 106
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2014-04-19 12:10:47 AM
Well, this ought to generate some mature response, and by mature response, I mean hundreds of fake Peoria mayor web presences.
 
2014-04-19 12:13:13 AM
Good thing I'm behind seven proxies
 
2014-04-19 12:14:06 AM
I AM THE MAYOR OF PEORIA!
 
2014-04-19 12:14:13 AM
I hope that clown that wears the Obama mask at the rodeo is aware that impersonating a public official is a crime.
 
2014-04-19 12:14:23 AM
Sounds like a real pratt.
 
2014-04-19 12:16:59 AM

fusillade762: I AM THE MAYOR OF PEORIA!


You can't be I am. (stern look)
 
2014-04-19 12:17:14 AM
Wow, way to overreact there, Peoria.  It's not like Jim's the president or anything.  Geez.

Boy, I'd hate to live just outside of Peoria or know anyone who's from there or anything.
 
2014-04-19 12:17:26 AM
The mayor of Peoria gave me pinkeye .
 
2014-04-19 12:17:48 AM

stratagos: Good thing I'm behind seven proxies


Good things I'm behind seven Boxxy's!

/and, yes, I really wish I could literally be there
 
2014-04-19 12:18:08 AM
There once was a mayor from Peoria....


/limerick time!
 
2014-04-19 12:18:20 AM
I guess that act didn't play in Peoria.
 
2014-04-19 12:20:09 AM

fusillade762: I AM THE MAYOR OF PEORIA!


i.kinja-img.com
 
2014-04-19 12:20:31 AM
Some tweets referenced sex and drugs.
...
"I don't agree it was obvious, and in fact it appears that someone went to great lengths to make it appear it was actually from the mayor," Settingsgaard said in an email response to questions.



The mayor should probably sue the police chief for defamation.
 
2014-04-19 12:20:51 AM
As an aside, seriously---since when is a farking Twitter account considered to be a "trusted source of information"?!  Jeez, what's next? The Onion gets busted for faking news reports?!
 
2014-04-19 12:21:15 AM
What a shiathole peoria is.
 
2014-04-19 12:22:32 AM
Wait, Peoria actually exists? I thought it was a city comedians made up. Peoria. Peoria. Who can say that without laughing?
 
2014-04-19 12:23:22 AM
All I can think of is this court case, the facts don't matter, you're going to be convicted Just Because.
 
2014-04-19 12:23:25 AM

SpdrJay: The mayor of Peoria gave me pinkeye .


He took my eye out in a bar fight.
 
2014-04-19 12:23:46 AM
Richard Pryor was born in a peoria Whitehouse.
 
2014-04-19 12:23:50 AM

jjorsett: Wait, Peoria actually exists? I thought it was a city comedians made up. Peoria. Peoria. Who can say that without laughing?


richard pryor but he grew up in a whorehouse there and I don't think he found it too funny
 
2014-04-19 12:25:10 AM

MelGoesOnTour: As an aside, seriously---since when is a farking Twitter account considered to be a "trusted source of information"?!  Jeez, what's next? The Onion gets busted for faking news reports?!


They're safe, as long as FOXNews keeps re-reporting their stories as factual, nobody has a problem with it.
 
2014-04-19 12:26:14 AM
submitted with better headline
 
2014-04-19 12:28:59 AM

macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....


Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...
 
2014-04-19 12:29:25 AM
WE ARE ALL DOOMED.
 
2014-04-19 12:30:00 AM

Omahawg: jjorsett: Wait, Peoria actually exists? I thought it was a city comedians made up. Peoria. Peoria. Who can say that without laughing?

richard pryor but he grew up in a whorehouse there and I don't think he found it too funny


You know who else grew up in a whorehouse?

thoughtcatalog.files.wordpress.com


...and of course


graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2014-04-19 12:34:10 AM
What a surprise from down in the Confederacy.  And by Confederacy, I mean all of IL south of Kankakee.
 
2014-04-19 12:36:40 AM

voristrupp: What a shiathole peoria Illinois is.


FIFY
 
2014-04-19 12:37:59 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...


until a fake tweet, got him  up from his seat...
 
2014-04-19 12:39:24 AM

macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....


/limerick time!


There once was a mayor from Peoria
Who would look in the mirror for euphoria
He abused his power, detained a lady just out of the shower
And should be sent to Cambodia
 
2014-04-19 12:39:42 AM
I partied in Peoria once, in college.

I woke up to find that someone had lowered the oven door and took a dump on it, before they sprinkled it with powdered sugar for some reason.

/thought it must be a Peoria thing
 
2014-04-19 12:42:41 AM
I speak for all Chicagoans when I say fark Pee-oria (as Richard Pryor called it).
 
2014-04-19 12:42:49 AM
The war on twitter meets the war on drugs.

Twuggy?

Dritter?
 
2014-04-19 12:43:45 AM
I heard the mayor of Peoria has a diaper fetish.
 
2014-04-19 12:47:37 AM

maltedmothball: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...

until a fake tweet, got him  up from his seat...


to legislate common sense moratoria
 
2014-04-19 12:49:04 AM

fusillade762: I AM THE MAYOR OF PEORIA!


I AM SPARTACUS!
 
2014-04-19 12:52:27 AM
Oh hey, my town in the news. Moving up in the world. Erm, I mean... I AM THE MAYOR OF PEORIA!

/If they were a college student.
 
2014-04-19 12:52:38 AM

maltedmothball: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...

until a fake tweet, got him up from his seat...


His new cell mate be callin' him Gloria
 
2014-04-19 12:55:23 AM

maltedmothball: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: macross87: There once was a mayor from Peoria....

Whom power gave a sense of euphoria...

until a fake tweet, got him  up from his seat...


And the band at the Waldorf Astoria!
 
2014-04-19 12:55:57 AM
That's some real school Principal levels of spite and insecurity there, Mein Mayor.
 
2014-04-19 12:56:38 AM
FTFA: No arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account, but one of the residents was charged with possession of marijuana, the Peoria Journal Star reported.

Let's see how that plays out in court.
 
2014-04-19 12:58:44 AM
what a dickbag
 
2014-04-19 12:59:04 AM
FTFA:  By March 10, the bio information was updated to indicate it was a parody account. It had about 50 tweets and as many followers.

In my estimation, there is no possible way this action will backfire by causing numerous other people to create additional fake accounts. Furthermore, there is no way that this harassment will lead to greater negative publicity for the mayor than just letting the troll lie would have.
 
2014-04-19 12:59:29 AM
 
2014-04-19 01:00:02 AM
If Tom Corbett is an example to go by, this mayor has a governorship in his future.
 
2014-04-19 01:01:33 AM

stratagos: Good thing I'm behind seven proxies


but what if the mayor owns all seven proxies?
 
2014-04-19 01:03:04 AM
 
2014-04-19 01:03:41 AM

EvaDewer: FTFA:  By March 10, the bio information was updated to indicate it was a parody account. It had about 50 tweets and as many followers.

In my estimation, there is no possible way this action will backfire by causing numerous other people to create additional fake accounts. Furthermore, there is no way that this harassment will lead to greater negative publicity for the mayor than just letting the troll lie would have.


I'm guessing he's never heard of the Streisand Effect.
 
2014-04-19 01:04:47 AM

Strolpol: I partied in Peoria once, in college.

I woke up to find that someone had lowered the oven door and took a dump on it, before they sprinkled it with powdered sugar for some reason.

/thought it must be a Peoria thing


Ewwwwwwwwww
 
2014-04-19 01:05:03 AM
The settlement from this should be quite nice. It is questionable that this qualified as "impersonating" a public official to the point of criminal behaviour, and at most could qualify for libel or slander. A half decent lawyer should be able to successfully argue this to be an abuse of resources.
 
2014-04-19 01:11:05 AM
At least they were honest about what the were searching for. Real news would be if a parody twitter account was made, mayor stalks perpetrator plants a pound of coke in the dudes car and has him pulled over. THATS news...and also gangster.....
 
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