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You Can Now Steal An MP's Twitter Username Because Of The Election

Parliamentary rules say that MPs can no longer call themselves MPs, so their old Twitter handles are up for grabs.

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Because the election campaign has officially started, there are currently no MPs in the UK.

Parliamentary rules say that the ex-MPs have to make it clear on Twitter that they are now just election candidates and no longer MPs.

But if the ex–MP has changed their username without protecting it, that means it's up for grabs and you can steal their name while they're distracted by the campaign trail.

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We immediately gave full control of the old Twitter handle to Angus MacNeil, to ensure no harm was done.

But if someone wants to cybersquat or create a convincing-looking parody account using another ex-MP's old username, they easily can.

So, if you see an MP's account tweeting before the general election, be very suspicious. It might be someone causing mischief.

Today MPs have to remove 'MP' from their @Twitter handles... Happy CyberSquatting everyone

Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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