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That “Official” Apple Twitter Account? Suspended.

I guess Apple cares about Twitter, after all. Steve Jobs may be out of the tweeting game, but Phil Schiller seems to be enjoying the fact that since he went public (and verified) with his Twitter account he can reply to users and fans, troubleshoot and even advise against jailbreaking. He also posted his personal email address on Twitter and got spam in his inbox. Nice.

VP of iOS Scott Forstall hasn’t tweeted yet, but we’re ready to bet he will start posting messages and Instagram pictures pretty soon.

Anyway, soon after @pschiller went public with a verified account, several blogs noticed there was a @appleincnews account that had more than 60,000 followers and had been tweeting stuff from Apple’s news website all along. When asked about this curious Apple account, Schiller confirmed it wasn’t official at all –  @iTunes is.

A couple of days later and guess what – that @appleincnews account is no more. It’s been suspended. Kaput. Of course we suspect this is Twitter’s standard policy when dealing with fake accounts claiming to be something or someone else, but we can’t help but notice the ban comes a few days after Phil Schiller was notified of the existence of the account. That account tweeted for months, gained followers and Twitter didn’t notice. Now it’s gone.

I guess Apple cares about Twitter, after all.

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