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A Twitter Account Is Tricking People Into Thinking It's Paul Keating And It's Just The Worst Thing

Lame zingers trading on the Keating legacy.

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A Labor icon, Keating's rhetorical flair and formidable track record modernising Australia's sclerotic economy in the 1980s mean that he enjoys a venerated place in the country's political history.

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There's even a section of Australian society which loves PJK so much, you could probably consider it the country's only real political fandom.

Anyway, a few years back the Twitter account @PmPaulKeating emerged, which shows a Keating profile image, a Pink Floyd background, and, unlike other fan/parody accounts, no Twitter bio.

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Earlier this year, veteran political journalist Laura Tingle made it very clear that Keating was not on Twitter.

Random twitter fact. For anyone interested, I've just checked and Paul Keating does not tweet. All the accounts with his name are fakes....

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We decided to call Keating's office and ask what they thought about the account. A spokesperson for Keating said the office was aware of several fakes on Twitter and they were "not amused".

"I think most people know the truth," he said. "Thus the low following." (The account has more than 23,000 followers.)

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"There are some that are hateful and some that are hopeful," @PmPaulKeating said.

"I don't want to dash either of their hopes that they could have direct communication with a historical entity."

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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