Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Israel paid Spanish pornographic web site $3,000 to relinquish Twitter name
September 15, 2010
The Foreign Ministry paid the Spanish owner of a pornographic website $3,000 to relinquish the Twitter username @Israel.
The ministry on Tuesday denied media report that it had paid the previous account holder, Israel Melendez, six figures to purchase the username.
The Spanish newspaper Publico quoted Melendez as saying he had received a sum that included "five zeroes" in the transaction.
The Foreign Ministry's Director of the Information and Internet, Chaim Shacham, told Haaretz that that the reports were blown out of proportion.
The ministry paid Melendez a total of $3,000 to relinquish the name, said Shacham, adding that the arrangement was made completely within the guidelines of Twitter's terms of service.
Posted by Yulie Foka at 8:39 PM