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Social disease

People who set up fake Twitter accounts to impersonate celebrities run the risk of legal action, lawyers say.

Legal experts say that although some individuals think that they know enough on a technical basis to avoid detection, there are a range of options open to those with sufficient funds to pursue those behind bogus accounts.

Twitter’s terms of use policy states that people may not impersonate others and that they should also not post harassing or defamatory comments.

If someone sets up a fake account, they run the risk of libel action if celebrities believe their reputations have been damaged by comments posted on a false account.

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