A fake BP Twitter account tweeting its "public relations" response to the oil spill now has five times more followers than the official BP Twitter feed, and it continues to grow.
The @BPGlobalPR Twitter account gives users no indications it's a fake account. Its bio reads, "This page exists to get BP's message and mission statement out into the twitterverse!" and its location says "Global."
But according to AdAge, BP officials are aware of the account, and so far have seen it as people's right to express their opinions. Twitter is unlikely to take the account down without an objection from BP.
The account began on May 19 with this tweet: "We regretfully admit that something has happened off of the Gulf Coast. More to come." It has enjoyed a boost in attention due to hundreds of retweets, including from celebrities.
Here's a sampling of the tweets that the fake account is passing as PR statements from BP itself. Vote on the most ridiculous yet!