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Lawyer Who Pokes Fun at Obvious NYT Stories on Twitter Is Forced to Abandon Distinctive 'T'


A lawyer who pokes fun at the New York Times on Twitter for covering the obvious has been forced to abandon his avatar incorporating the distinctive “T” of the newspaper’s masthead.

Twitter temporarily suspended the Twitter account of Benjamin Kabak last week after the Times complained that the avatar violated its trademark, according to the New York Times City Room blog and Poynter. The avatar was a “Gothic New-York-Times-style T wearing a beret,” according to City Room.

The account was reinstated when Kabak agreed to abandon the avatar. The temporary replacement was Twitter’s egg avatar wearing a beret, the New York Observer reports. He was holding a contest for a permanent replacement.

Kabak tweets at @NYTOnIt. Recent posts include: “GUYS, there are gasp fake profiles on Facebook, and The Times is ON IT. http://nyti.ms/TDt1ut” and “GUYS, women enjoy wearing pantyhose again, and The Times is ON IT. http://nyti.ms/SFsw43.”

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