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Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Twitter shuts down fake Malinowski account

Capitol Police investigating, sources say

By David Wildstein, January 09 2019 8:03 pm

Twitter has suspended the account of someone who was impersonating Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) on their platform.

“Impersonation is a violation of Twitter Rules,” Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokesperson, told the New Jersey Globe.  “Twitter accounts portraying another person in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended under the Twitter impersonation policy.

Malinowski’s staff reported the fake Twitter account, @congmalinowski, this morning.

Twitter told the Globe at 7:47 PM that the issue had been resolved.

The fake account has tweeted six times today.

Another fake account, @Tommalinowski5, was set up in November but Twitter disabled it within a day.

Sources say that the U.S. Capitol Police, which is charged with protecting members of Congress, has been made aware of the issue.

Law enforcement regularly investigates attempts to impersonate a congressman and has charged some individuals for that crime in recent years.  Law enforcement agencies sometimes have the ability to determine the identity of fake social media accounts.

The U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a 4:39 PM call seeking comment.

Malinowski took office last Thursday.  He defeated five-term Republican incumbent Leonard Lance by 16,2000 votes in the November 2018 midterm election.

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