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Israel Coughs Up Cash for @Israel Twitter Account

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The Twitter account @Israel has been sold to, and is now be run by, the government of Israel. The username was snagged by Israel Meléndez in 2007, during the early days of the Twitter explosion. But the Internet porn entrepreneur found himself being barraged with messages, sometimes anti-semitic ones, from users who believed that @Israel was the official Twitter account of the contentious state. For this reason Meléndez let the account sit largely unused. Israel, eager to improve its social media presence, offered Meléndez an undisclosed sum of money to hand over control of the account, and he gladly agreed last month. The account has now officially changed hands, and supporters and haters alike can send messages to the country's government by Tweeting @Israel.

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