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Friday, November 23, 2012
by Meg McEvoy
Twitter suspended but now has reactivated @NYTOnIt, a parody account
dedicated to poking fun at some of the New York Times' lifestyle
stories, after a trademark infringement complaint from the media
@NYTOnIt has gained a following of more than 26,000 on Twitter,
and tweets mock some of the Times' least news-y cultural
observations. For example: "GUYS, people are going to overshare
their Thanksgivings on the Internet, and The Times is ON IT,"
"GUYS, young people like to hang out in groups, and The Times is ON
IT," and "GUYS, turns out not drinking soda is much better for you
than drinking soda. The Times is ON IT."
The Times was not amused, at least not with owner Benjamin
Kabak's choice of logo: a letter "T" in the newspaper's trademarked
font. It filed a complaint with Twitter, which temporarily deactivated
the account Nov. 19.
Kabak has since changed the logo, and announced
Nov. 20 that his account was re-activated, albeit with a warning
from Twitter that another complaint could subject @NYTOnIt to
to post a comment.
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