Because its Friday: Social media “burner accounts.” Baseball star Alex Rodriguez has burner accounts to follow his daughters on Instagram. Kevin Durant, active social media celebrity and famed pro basketball player, uses multiple Instagram and Twitter burner accounts to communicate separately with fans, friends, and family members and once upon a time to post comments in response to fan challenges on his own public accounts. These guys aren’t the only people manning multiple accounts - there are alleged stories about the CEO of Whole Foods engaging critics on social media via burner accounts. Quora users define burner accounts as “anonymous social profiles used by celebs to post in the third person about themselves, harass people, or solicit encounters.” The term stems from “burner phones” or disposable phones used by criminals to remain anonymous or untraceable. GMA
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