We’ve covered impersonation here before and its often when an argument is not going the way of the person engaged in it. We’ve seen examples where FOSS advocates have been impersonated in order to cheapen their views and we’ve seen impersonation in regards to someone who I exposed using the name of a respected trading education firm and promoting Microsoft stock.
The Twitter user Blaney’s Blarney has been the victim of an impersonator who is alleged to have used the name of the Twitter user said:
the content being posted to Twitter in his name was “mildly objectionable”.
Whilst this account has nothing to do with FOSS it does highlight the impersonation tactic very well and hopefully sends out a good message that for whatever reason this type of behaviour is unacceptable. Whilst I don’t agree with the political views Blaney’s Blarney holds, I do not think anyone should be subjected to underhanded tactics that cheapen peoples views.
The BBC have covered this article here.
Goblin – firstname.lastname@example.org