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How crap is Twitter?

We’re not really in the business of defending Richard Branson’s reputation, but here goes…It’s spam and the associated Branson quotes are fake. (That’s a screenshot above, btw, not the actual tweet. For that you’d need to click here.)The tweet has garnered a ton of responses from real people, hurling abuse at the bearded one, calling him out for a Virgin company suing the NHS, etc, and/or simply calling him a “tosser.”But the quotes attributed to Branson on what looks like a Bitcoin-related scam, which the tweet links to, are made up.You may be thinking: ‘Fools and their money..’ Except this is a promoted tweet.The scammers have paid Twitter to use the platform to try and defraud other users, while defiling the name of a very successful British entrepreneur.Sell Twitter.

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Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy is the founding editor of FT Alphaville and an associate editor of the Financial Times. He joined the FT in London in 2006 as development editor of, concentrating on the expansion of the online business. Prior to that, he served as the Guardian’s financial editor for seven years. He has also held senior positions in business journalism at the Sunday Business newspaper and the Daily Telegraph. Murphy is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

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