Twitter Responds To Fake Peter Molyneux, Offers To Reopen His Account

Twitter Responds To Fake Peter Molyneux, Offers To Reopen His Account

Peter Molyneux satire Twitter account remains shut down, but the man behind the parody Tweets tells Kotaku he’s working with Twitter to try and get it back up and running.

The Peter Molydeux account, which parodies Lionhead game developer Peter Molyneux, was shut down earlier this month with no warning. The game developer behind the humorous tweets that poke fun at Molyneux’ sometimes grandiose game development talks, says that some of his fake game pitches and videos spurred calls to Lionhead Studios.

“I’ve been in discussion with a few people at Lionhead,” he told Kotaku Australia. “Their general thoughts regarding the account seem to be positive, but it’s looking like they want me to change the use of the logo in the videos I’ve created, and to make it even more clear in my bio that the account is fake.”

Earlier this week, Twitter responded to the man behind the account.

“They seem to be under the impression that petermolydeux is an impersonation rather than a parody,” he tells Kotaku. “Their exact words, ‘Impersonation is pretending to be another person or entity in order to deceive, and is strictly prohibited. This account has been suspended.’

“As others have pointed out my account is no different to the Steve Jobs/Queen and many other popular parodies on Twitter. I replied back explaining that it’s a parody (Just in case the line ‘Obviously this is not Peter Molyneux’ didn’t make that quite clear enough in my bio) and asked how to proceed from here to get my account opened up again. Now it’s back to the waiting game.”

Twitter was quick to respond today with this:

We have received a valid report that your account, @petermolydeux, is engaged in non-parody impersonation. Although Twitter firmly believes in the freedom of expression, impersonation that misleads, confuses, or deceives others is against the Twitter Rules ( Your account has been temporarily suspended due to violation of our impersonation policy.

This suspension is temporary. If you have created a parody, commentary or fan account, you will need to edit it to comply with Twitter’s parody best practices before your account is reactivated. You can review our best practices here:

In particular, please review and make changes to these aspects of your profile:

Account name

Once we’ve reviewed the above changes and approved your account for restoration, we will need you to change the following once your account is unsuspended:



If you would like an opportunity to edit your account so that it is not in violation of our impersonation policy, please reply to this email. We will restore your account, and you should promptly make any necessary changes within 48 hours of receipt of this email. Please understand that your account is subject to permanent suspension if it is found to further violate our Rules regarding impersonation.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Thank you,

The fake account’s creator is frustrated that he’s being asked to rename the account and said he’s weighing his options.

In the meantime, he asks his clamoring fans to keep their vocal support up, directing support tweets at Twitter using the #freepetermolyneux hashtag to get this situation more noticed.

“As for right now, you can join my newly created alternative account,” he said. “Currently this is just a temp account that will mainly update on the molydeux situation but the fun will start to kick in soon with audio diaries, videos, images and updates on Dougie D’s first independent video game currently titled ‘Project Mother’.”


  • “In the meantime, he asks his clamoring fans to keep their vocal support up, directing support tweets at Twitter using the #freepetermolyneux hashtag to get this situation more noticed.”

    Shouldn’t the hashtag be #freepetermolydeux ?

  • Obvious his insane ideas like “wouldn’t it be great to know what your horse is feeling, to look into his eyes and know he is concerned” were jsut too damn convincingly liek the real thing.

  • He has complied with the letter of every single one of their policies.

    Username: The username should not be the exact name of the subject of the parody, commentary, or fandom; to make it clearer, you should distinguish the account with a qualifier such as “not,” “fake,” or “fan.”

    – PeterMolydeux is not the exact name of the person being parodied, therefore meets this requirement even without further modification

    Name: The profile name should not list the exact name of the subject without some other distinguishing word, such as “not,” “fake,” or “fan.”

    – His name is not the exact name of the subject being parodied, and therefore meets this requirement even without further modification

    Bio: The bio should include a statement to distinguish it from the real identity, such as “This is a parody,” “This is a fan page,” “Parody Account,” “Fan Account,” “Role-playing Account,” or “This is not affiliated with…”

    – Pretty sure opening the bio with “Obviously this is not Peter Molyneux” qualified as meeting this requirement

    Communication with other users: The account should not, through private or public communication with other users, try to deceive or mislead others about your identity. For example, if operating a fan account, do not direct message other users implying you are the actual subject (i.e., person, band, sports team, etc.) of the fan account.

    – Behaving like Peter Molyneux and impersonating him are two very different things, and I think twitter need to carefully review the activity that has gone on and figure out which category Petermolydeux’s actions come under, but I suspect he’s probably in the clear here.

    To summarise: suck it twitter, you’re complaining about people following your own rules

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