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Author Solutions Removes Fake Social Media Accounts

Following a GalleyCat article yesterday, self-publishing company Author Solutions will remove social media accounts for Jared Silverstone–a set of profiles for an “Awesome Publishing Consultant at Author Solutions” that used a fake image from a stock photo company.

Copywriter and editor Emily Seuss discovered a collection of social media accounts sharing the same stock photo picture (embedded above), all credited to an employee named Silverstone. You can see screenshots from the social accounts and read more at this link.

Here is the official statement from the self-publishing company: “At Author Solutions we take our social media activities very seriously, and we are committed to following industry best practices. The manner in which the accounts were set up is not supported by our company-wide social media policy, and in no way is condoned by our company. We are taking appropriate action and we are in the process of removing the content from social media accounts.”

As of this writing, the links to Silverstone’s Google+ page, his Facebook page and his Twitter page have all been removed. You can read the background here.

Pearson, the corporate parent of Penguin Group publishers, decided to acquire Author Solutions for $116 million back in July.

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