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Dealing with a Phony Twitter Account

March 30, 2018

Some mischievous coward set up a phony Twitter account impersonating me.  Getting it deleted is no easy task.  The Twitter company don’t make it easy.  It was, no doubt, easy to set up the false account, but not easy to get it deleted.

You fill out a form identifying your own authentic Twitter account, and also the false account.  You think this gets the ball rolling, but it doesn’t.  Then you get an email from Twitter asking you to upload a photo of your passport or driving license , . . to prove that you’re who you say you are!  Twitter promises to destroy the uploaded I.D. thereafter.  Oh yeah, and we all now know how trustworthy the big digital firms are in taking care of our personal data!  No thanks!

So, instead, I repeat:  anything on the impersonation account (@LarryVVHurtado) is malicious rubbish.  Spread the word.  And Twitter . . . I’m not impressed.

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11 Comments
  1. Mark Snell permalink

    Dr. Hurtado, I noticed that your impersonator claims to be “Emeritus Scholar of NT @ Uni of Edinburgh.” If they don’t take your word for it, would Twitter be willing to let the University vouch for you versus the impostor? It ought to be relatively simple for Twitter to determine that they are dealing with the real University of Edinburgh.

    • You can’t get Twitter to budge off their corporate approach, which requires me to provide them with photocopies of highly important documents such as passport or driving license. Forget it. The impersonator has had his/her fun, and has been exposed.

  2. Gian permalink

    Hello, Hurtado. I’m Brazilian. I hope this fake account gets deleted soon.

    I come here, though, to ask you a question.

    In a comment on your blog, you say the following:

    “There is nothing in notions of Jesus as Messiah, as having suffered a redemptive death, or as having been raised from the dead that would justify (for devout Jews of the Roman period) that he should receive the kind of devotion reflected in the NT. That is, these things don’t account for it. Given the intense concern not to compromise the uniqueness of the biblical God, especially in matters of worship practice, we require some powerful force(s) to explain how earliest Jewish followers of Jesus felt so free and ready to include Jesus in their devotional pattern in the ways we see reflected in the NT.”

    Was it necessary that, in addition to the conviction of the Resurrection of Jesus, those people believed that God required Jesus to be revered? And then refusing to do so would be to disobey the one God?

    • Gian: Yes, your final statements reflect how I judge the textual data of the earliest period.

      • Gian permalink

        Thank you for your response, Dr. Hurtado.

        If you’ll excuse me, I’d like to ask two more brief questions.

        Is it possible to prove historically that the apostles were convinced of the resurrection of Jesus and that they claimed to have seen the risen Jesus?

        And did they, like Paul, believe in a bodily resurrection?

        I hope I do not take up too much of your time. Thank you again.

      • Gian: Read 1 Corinthians 15. The answers to your questions should be pretty evident. There are several witnesess to Jesus’ bodily resurrection listed, and then Paul proceeds to defend the idea against questioning of it. But “bodily” resurrection doesn’t = resuscitation of the corpse. Paul’s idea of resurrection body is that it is an eschatological body, immortal, powerful, Spirit-empowered, glorious. (Doesn’t match my own mortal body by any means!).

      • Gian permalink

        Thank you again, Dr. Hurtado.

        Paul states that in the Resurrection the mortal body would be transformed (in an eschatological, glorious body) and not left in the grave?

        I understand that for Paul the burial burial of Jesus are very important.

      • Gian: Yes, it is difficult for me to understand why Paul would treat Jesus’ burial as a key component of the proclamation-tradition cited in 1 Cor 15:1-7 unless the entombment and empty tomb were known. But, yes, it is not resuscitation but eschatological transformation.

      • Gian permalink

        Yes, I think the same way. I think all the evidence now points to the burial of Jesus and to the importance of burial of Jesus among the early Christians.

        And I think that makes more sense when we look at what Paul says and the belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

        Thank you for the teachings and for your work.

  3. We need alternatives to Facebook, Google, and Twitter etc. that do not exploit or ignore users. Surely, someone can create them.

  4. You have my sympathy with this. I’ve been under professional attack by hackers hired by a company of treasure hunters (it was described by the New Yorker) and the police could do nothing, as it was made multinationally (across multiple jurisdictions). Even a contact in the FBI could no nothing. As for account deletion, I approached Google regarding one of their blogs, created just to make ad hominem attacks on me and my colleagues, and they defended the attacker ferociously, so I appreciate just how difficult defence can be. There’s no easy answer.

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