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Washington - The Twitter account claims to be that of British Petroleum's public relations department but the messages are a little bit, well, odd for a company battling a massive oil spill.
"Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you," read one "tweet" from the account @BPGlobalPR.
"If we had a dollar for every complaint about this oil spill, it wouldn't compare to our current fortune. Oil is a lucrative industry!" said another.
"Proud to announce that BP will be sponsoring the New Orleans Blues Festival this summer w/special tribute to Muddy Waters," read a third.
The fake account was created on May 19 by an unknown Twitter user and has quickly attracted nearly 20 000 followers - four times more than the real BP Twitter account @BP_America.
- "The good news: Mermaids are real. The bad news: They are now extinct."
- "The ocean looks just a bit slimmer today. Dressing it in black really did the trick!"
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