Gov. Benigno R. Fitial lodged a formal complaint yesterday against the person or persons currently using his name and his official position as governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on the Twitter social network.
In a letter to Alicia A.G. Limtiaco, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the NMI, Fitial wrote, “Please be advised that I have not now nor ever established a Twitter account in my name; I have not now nor ever authorized anyone from my staff to establish a Twitter account in my name; I have not now nor ever authorized anyone from my family to establish a Twitter account in my name; and I am concerned that the person who is impersonating to be me, as the CNMI governor, may cause panic in the community by posting false statements which may be taken to be official statements from me or my office.”
The governor's complaint comes after media reports exposed the existence of a Twitter account bearing the governor's name and photo as the alleged owner.
“I am therefore respectfully requesting that your office, in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to include the local and federal Department of Homeland Security, initiate an investigation in order to determine the identities of the person or persons responsible for this Twitter account and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the laws,” stated Fitial. (Office of the Governor)