Grandad left devastated after his face was used for a racist Twitter profile

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Twitter is probably the best website in the world. The social media platform is incredibly useful when it comes to breaking news being reported from an unbiased view but, unfortunately, it also has its fair amount of trolls.

One of the major problems facing companies such as Facebook and Twitter is the issue of regulating what people are being to say on the platforms, while also trying to control the number of catfish that use them.

There are numerous racist, sexist and just volatile accounts on Twitter that hide behind a false identity. Usually, if they're particularly awful, they will have little personal information about themselves in order to cover their tracks. One such account was Barry Stanton.

Stanton had become infamous on the UK Twitter scene, with his often racist and misogynistic messages receiving thousands of retweets and replies. However, the image that was used on the account was stolen from an innocent grandad from Worcestershire.

Nigel Addison, 62, is a former councillor from Droitwich whose face has been used as the face of a racist online.

Barry's viral tweets often centred around a hatred towards Islam, with one particular tweet reading: "Just picked up my lad from school. He tells me he was forced to read the korma (sic) in religion class. Bloody outrage."

According to Nigel, people began to associate him with the account and every time he asked Twitter to close it, another would appear.

"Someone out there is using my name and picture to spread racist hate messages. I'm being called up and contacted from people all over the world asking if I am the real Barry Stanton

"Some of these people are saying they agree with what I'm saying and inviting me out for beers. Others say I'm awful for trying to get Barry Stanton to stop using my picture.

"It was just so overwhelming I could have cried. I was just thinking what the hell is going on?

"I've had total strangers ringing me up and asking if I was this Barry Stanton."

Despite the controversial nature of Barry Stanton, social media is conflicted about the closure of his account.

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Living in fear that something might end up happening to him due to his connection with the account, Nigel has asked the police to investigate who may be behind the account.

"I just want people to know that I'm nothing like that and it's nothing to do with me," he says.

"What if somebody takes it seriously? What if I was walking down the road and somebody said I was that Barry Stanton and I was the one behind all those racist things. I could be attacked."

It's, of course, important to remember that Nigel is definitely not Barry - he is simply a 62-year-old man who is trying to enjoy his life. While social media may be good for a variety of reasons, trolling and catfishing are two of the serious downsides.

Grandad left devastated after his face was used for a racist Twitter profile

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By VT

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Twitter is probably the best website in the world. The social media platform is incredibly useful when it comes to breaking news being reported from an unbiased view but, unfortunately, it also has its fair amount of trolls.

One of the major problems facing companies such as Facebook and Twitter is the issue of regulating what people are being to say on the platforms, while also trying to control the number of catfish that use them.

There are numerous racist, sexist and just volatile accounts on Twitter that hide behind a false identity. Usually, if they're particularly awful, they will have little personal information about themselves in order to cover their tracks. One such account was Barry Stanton.

Stanton had become infamous on the UK Twitter scene, with his often racist and misogynistic messages receiving thousands of retweets and replies. However, the image that was used on the account was stolen from an innocent grandad from Worcestershire.

Nigel Addison, 62, is a former councillor from Droitwich whose face has been used as the face of a racist online.

Barry's viral tweets often centred around a hatred towards Islam, with one particular tweet reading: "Just picked up my lad from school. He tells me he was forced to read the korma (sic) in religion class. Bloody outrage."

According to Nigel, people began to associate him with the account and every time he asked Twitter to close it, another would appear.

"Someone out there is using my name and picture to spread racist hate messages. I'm being called up and contacted from people all over the world asking if I am the real Barry Stanton

"Some of these people are saying they agree with what I'm saying and inviting me out for beers. Others say I'm awful for trying to get Barry Stanton to stop using my picture.

"It was just so overwhelming I could have cried. I was just thinking what the hell is going on?

"I've had total strangers ringing me up and asking if I was this Barry Stanton."

Despite the controversial nature of Barry Stanton, social media is conflicted about the closure of his account.

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Living in fear that something might end up happening to him due to his connection with the account, Nigel has asked the police to investigate who may be behind the account.

"I just want people to know that I'm nothing like that and it's nothing to do with me," he says.

"What if somebody takes it seriously? What if I was walking down the road and somebody said I was that Barry Stanton and I was the one behind all those racist things. I could be attacked."

It's, of course, important to remember that Nigel is definitely not Barry - he is simply a 62-year-old man who is trying to enjoy his life. While social media may be good for a variety of reasons, trolling and catfishing are two of the serious downsides.