In November 2016, the Twitter account @KyleKirchmeier appeared, purporting to belong to the sheriff of Morton County, North Dakota (site of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline and the ensuing protests) and publishing clearly offensive content:
— Sheriff Kirchmeier (@KyleKirchmeier) November 28, 2016
— Sheriff Kirchmeier (@KyleKirchmeier) November 29, 2016
A significant portion of the account’s activity involved engagement with other Twitter users, many of whom were not aware the @KyleKirchmeier account was illegitimate. However, on 6 December 2016, the official @MortonCountySD confirmed that the account is phony:
In the tweet, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department indicated it was not aware who was behind the parody @KyleKirchmeier account. However, the Department said that it was working with Twitter to remove the parody account.