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Twitter Kills Off Steve Jobs Parody

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Apple may be known for many things, but a sense of humor isn't one of them.

In November, Apple put the kibosh on a Steve Jobs doll. Entirely innocuous -- except for maybe its head-to-body proportions -- the doll nevertheless entered the targeting sights of Cupertino's legal team. On his blog, creator Chris Chang wrote, "Apple has informed us that this phenomenal SJ action figure, has not consented to the use of Apple's copyrights and trademarks, therefore they request us immediately to cease the marketing and sale of this figure."

And not two months later, Apple again targeted another Steve Jobs effigy -- this time, in the form of a parody Twitter account.

In January, the company directed Twitter's attention to the user @CeoSteveJobs. Because the username did not contain the words "fake" or "not," both Apple and Twitter believed that users could easily mistake the account for the actual Steve Jobs. Odd enough, Twitter never had a problem with accounts like @BPglobalPR and @KennethColePR which also could be mistaken for legitimate accounts -- unless, like @CeoSteveJobs, users read the Tweets and bio. In the latter's case, the bio read, "More than meets the i. As you should expect from a parody account."

There's really no mistaking that.

However, refusing to comply with Twitter's demands to change the username, @CeoSteveJobs was shut down this week after having raked in over 460,000 followers and nearly 700 tweets.

Such is the clout and reach of a humorless Apple.
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