The check mark gave it a semblance of legitimacy, but there is a popular Twitter account linked to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy. “Way” And “no country for old men,” His agent said on Monday that it was not fake from being verified.
Account, @CormacMcCrthy, had gained over 49,000 followers since being created in September 2018 by someone pretending to be Mr. McCarthy, a storyteller who had a reputed hatred of computers.
The voice on Twitter was an unfamiliar one for fans of Mr McCarthy’s prose, who is known for his intense and sometimes hurtful narratives that often pit good versus evil.
Things like kombucha, TikTok and Disney+ were tweeted about, with their drooling and hoarse voice garnering thousands of retweets and likes.
The tone was out of character for Mr. McCarthy, whose books are often framed by themes of death and gritty imagery, from a venomous rattlesnake in the Mojave desert to a psychopathic killer whose primary means of execution is to kill cattle. It is a bolt gun.
When writing about the mercenaries sitting around the fire in the southwest in “Blood Meridian”, he set out the scene:
“The flames were seen in the air and the embers became fainter and darker and fainter and darker as if the beating of the blood of a living creature had fallen to the ground before them and they saw the fire which contained some of the men themselves, because they are less without it and are divided from their origins and exiled,” he wrote.
posting on twitter, however, appeared to be a chore for the man pretending to be Mr. McCarthy.
Stephen King Had some fun with the author of the tweet, who cast 88-year-old Mr. McCarthy as a social media newbie trying to please an often-mentioned publicist named Terry.
“My publicists are in my case regarding my rare use of this monstrous website,” the person wrote on Friday, drawing widespread attention to the account. “He says engagement is down and so is the metrics and something that cares there I wrote a tweet are you happy now Terry.”
Mr. King signaled his approval two days later. “I don’t know if Terry is there, but I am,” he wrote.
Paul Bogards, a spokesman for Mr McCarthy’s publisher, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, said on Monday that the account was bogus.
“We are in the process of alerting our partners on Twitter,” he said. “Obviously, their verification process is not bulletproof.”
Mr McCarthy’s agent Amanda Urban said: “It’s definitely not Cormack.”
A Twitter representative said Monday that “the account referenced was verified in error and has since been reversed.”
As of Monday afternoon, the white check mark in the blue badge – the designation for verified accounts used by celebrities, writers, politicians and journalists – had been removed.
It was unclear how long the account was verified. Twitter did not respond to questions about how the mistake happened. Going forward, the company said, it would require the account to comply with its policy that parody or fan accounts have labels.
Twitter itself once chose to verify the accounts of famous people. Check marks have become somewhat of a status symbol on social media platforms and are intended to differentiate celebrities from impersonators. Now, users can apply to verify their accounts.
This wasn’t the first fuss over Mr McCarthy’s social media footprint – or lack thereof.
in 2012, the Atlantic The report said an unpublished writer from Scotland impersonated Mr McCarthy on Twitter, which attracted the attention of novelist Margaret Atwood and Twitter’s founder and current CEO Jack Dorsey, before the fake account was suspended.
At that time, Mr. Dorsey account welcomed And boasting, “We have the best writers in the world here.”