BP has asked Twitter to straighten out @BPGlobalPR, the hilariously snarky satirical feed specializing in messages like, “Doing our best to turn oil into oilinade. So far, the stuff tastes TERRIBLE.” BP has asked Twitter to force the feed to comply with the site’s impersonation policy, it tells Advertising Age, and Twitter seems to have obliged. “Not sure what we’ve done wrong, but we’ve been asked to change our name/profile to indicate that we’re ‘fake,’” the feed tweeted yesterday.
Shortly thereafter, the page’s bio changed to, “We are not associated with Beyond Petroleum, the company that has been destroying the Gulf of Mexico for 50 days.” Now, they’re playing around with other things “BP” might mean, like “Beyond Pollution.” Happy BP? “We’re fine with parody sites,” says a spokesperson, “as long as they don’t interfere with residents of the Gulf” and their ability to contact them.