Israel to Purchase Twitter Username from Porn Site Owner

(Ping! Zine) – In 2007, while Twitter was just getting its feet wet in social networking, Israel Meléndez set up an account to avoid attention from an ex-girlfriend. After a short while of using the name, it became unused as other Tweeters began mistaking him for the Israeli government.

As the adult porn site owner mentioned to New York Times “My account was basically unused because I was getting dozens of replies every day from people who thought the account belonged to the state of Israel.”

Recently the Prime Minister of Israel, Binvamin Netanvahu, personally messaged Meléndez and offered a sale of the username for an estimated six-figure amount.
Twitter has a strict set of policies against the purchasing of Usernames and Accounts but according to Israel Meléndez they have been more than accomodating towards helping the transaction go through by circumventing their policy terms and conditions by purchasing the user and not the account.

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