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Politicans hacked off over porn and racism

Left, Phil Gomm, and right, Stuart Jarvis

Left, Phil Gomm, and right, Stuart Jarvis

A politician has spoken of his shock and disgust after being the latest victim at Vale councils of Twitter trolls.

Stuart Jarvis, who sits on Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Town Council, was appalled to discover that hackers had broken into his Twitter account and followed six hardcore pornography feeds.

Lib Dem Mr Jarvis, who does not use the account regularly, was only alerted when a constituent contacted the Bucks Herald to complain.

Mr Jarvis is not the first council victim this month.

Last week the police launched an investigation after UKIP county councillors Philip Gomm and Paul Irwin were targeted in a fake profile scam, by trolls who posted racist comments in Mr Gomm’s name.

Cllr Jarvis has since removed the offensive material and says that his experience serves as a warning to everyone.

He said: “I have no reason to look at things like this, I am happily married with five children.

“This could happen to anyone, but it strikes me as something a little bit more than that. I only use this personal account occasionally and never noticed this. I’ve now changed the passwords.”

Trolls created a fake account for Mr Gomm using information and pictures and information from Paul’s Twitter account, before posting vile racist tweets in the councillor’s name.

Mr Gomm said: “I can’t believe how they’ve done it. It has left me fearing for my family as we have had threats, and I don’t know whether we are going to be attacked or anything like that.

“It’s not nice that someone could do that, it’s totally wrong.

“We don’t know who it is yet but I feel like it is someone trying to smear me.

“It is my family that I’m most concerned about, the people that know me know that I would never say those things.”

He added: “The police have said to ring 999 if we don’t feel safe and they will be there straight away, I’ve just become the chair of UKIP for Aylesbury and Buckingham so I do have an increased profile now.

“I’ve had Labour councillors from up north ring me to prewarn me about this. A doctor from Bournemouth who saw it and was concerned even phoned me up.”

Both councils offer social media training to councillors to help them protect themselves.

But even the county council’s leader Martin Tett has been the victim of trolls trying to post in his name.

He said: “Twitter is a relatively new media a lot of councillors and we are learning about it as we go along.

“I have no idea who got into mine but it was rather inappropriate stupid remarks.

“Someone saw it and said it was possible that I had been hacked.

“I don’t think it should put anyone off though. Social media is a really great way of reaching out across the county and is also a great way of getting feedback from residents.”

A spokesman for Aylesbury Vale District Council, said: “Social media training has been made available to give councillors an overview of what social media is, tell them about some of the most popular platforms and make them aware of the opportunities and pitfalls they present.

“All councillors have also been provided with information on how to keep their accounts safe.”

 

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