By Oliver Farrimond
SCOTS celebrities are having their identities hijacked on the trendy social networking site Twitter.
Alex Salmond, Duncan Bannatyne and Doctor Who star David Tennant have all had accounts falsely set up in their names.
Tennant is the latest figure to be lampooned, with regular updates portraying him as a big-headed sex god.
Named “The REAL David Tennant”, the fake doc has been boasting to fans of his fame and sexual prowess.
The online impersonator has since been outed as Lisa Valentine after receiving a warning from bosses at the BBC.
She said: “I made David into an egotistical womanising character obsessed with his own status from Doctor Who.
“I’ve been getting requests for autographs and to say hello to people’s sons.”
“I made the entries more and more ridiculous – surely people are not going to believe he goes to McDonald’s in a kilt?”
Scotland’s First Minister has also been a victim of the high-tech spoof.
Salmond’s account, run by anti-SNP attack blog “A Leaky Chanter”, regularly posts satirical updates from the SNP leader.
One of the most recent entries says: “Can’t stop watching youtube videos of myself – what a stallion.”
A Twitter spokesman said that impersonating people violated the company’s terms of service.
Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, said: “We do allow parody, but if it’s not clear and there is some confusion, we do get involved.”
Scots celebrity entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne also appeared to be messaging fans from his Twitter profile.
However the account was revealed to be fake and was removed by Twitter, despite having attracted hundreds of followers.
Many Scots celebrities do have genuine Twitter accounts that they use to keep in touch with fans.