Twitter Dumps Fake Dalai Lama

Gained 20,000 readers in 2 days
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2009 6:00 AM CST
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama applauds during an interfaith meeting at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, January 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi)
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(Newser) – Twitter has suspended an account that falsely claimed to belong to the Dalai Lama, AFP reports. Billing itself as the spiritual leader’s “official” Twitter feed, the account emerged Saturday and quickly drew a whopping 20,000 followers. The account’s web page included a photo from the Dalai Lama’s real website as well as a quote from the Tibetan leader.