The Twitter account of Judge Steven B. Feren announced its thousands of Indonesian followers were a result of hacking. Yesterday, RED BROWARD exposed the thousands and thousands of Muslim Indonesian men and women following the Broward Circuit Court Judge’s Twitter account. Only a handful of Feren’s 17,400 followers actually reside in Broward county. Feren faces an August 26 primary against attorney John Patrick Contini.
This morning, Feren posted two tweets addressing the phony Twitter follower scandal. At 9:32 am, Feren wrote, “Our acct twitter was hacked by fake followers, we reported to twitter. We will be taking it down and be back soon. Sorry 4 inconvenience.” At 10:13am, Feren wrote, “On 7/11 we became aware our account was illegally ‘followed’ by someone w/ill intentions-reason for all the foreign followers.” These excuses raise some serious questions.
First, hacking is a crime. Did Feren report this to law enforcement officials? How did Feren become “aware” of the alleged illegal activity? Did Feren contact Twitter? Will Feren release copies of communications with authorities and/or Twitter?
If Feren knew of this activity on July 11th, why did it take him so long to address the matter? What exactly is illegal following? Why didn’t Feren immediately employ a free Twitter verification tool, such as TrueTwit, to limit the phony followers? Does Feren have someone in mind when he says someone with “Ill intentions-reason” is behind this follower fiasco?
Is this more spin control from Steven B. Feren, the politician? Stay tuned…
Here’s our original story:
From the looks of his social media accounts, Broward Circuit Court Judge Steven B. Feren is a huge hit with Muslim women in southeast Asia. According to the @JudgeFeren Twitter account, the vast majority of Feren’s 17,400 followers are located more than 10,000 miles away from Broward county. A review of Feren’s followers shows just a few names familiar to Broward Voters: the Florida AFL-CIO, Ye Olde Falcon Pub in Davie, Broward Days, and Broward County Commissioner Martin Kiar.
Most of Feren’s followers are young Muslim men and women in Indonesia. People like Mudjibur Rahman, Lumintang Yang, Ahmad Iqbal Morgan, Amink Muse, Roy Chandra Sitohang, Abdullah Anwar, and Hamzah Haq Al-Farizi. One of Feren’s foreign followers uses the name “Pray For Palestina” an obvious reference to the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It seem highly doubtful the citizens of Indonesia are closely following the judicial races in Broward county.
A more likely possibility is the Feren campaign purchased followers to build social media credibility. Many of Feren’s followers have tweeted about a follower purchase program. The tweets from “Social Agency” state, “6000 Follower Indonesia Harga 100rb.” This translates to 6000 Twitter followers for 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah. Quite the bargain for a politician too lazy to build a real social media campaign.
Feren is not the only Broward politician with far eastern friends. Last November, Mark Bogen appeared to be purchasing Facebook “likes” to convey a false sense of his popularity. Bogen, a Democratic attorney running for the Broward County Commission District 2 seat, is very popular in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The “Bogen For Broward” Facebook page had been “liked” by 1,366 Facebook users; A sign that Bogen had an excellent chance of winning the Democratic nomination . However, a review of Facebook statistics showed the majority of Bogen’s fans were based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This Twitter ploy is more evidence Steven B. Feren thinks like a politician first, and a judge, last.
Despite his judicial record, RED BROWARD reported how Feren is desperate to convince Broward voters he a champion of Broward’s children. Feren told local Democrats that Broward’s children, “Need somebody to watch over them….To look out for them….To take their side.” However, the Fourth District Court of Appeals doesn’t think Feren looks out for our kids.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals believed Feren implied he would punish a Broward juvenile offender for proclaiming his innocence. The Court held, ““The number of cases an accused has cannot be considered in weighing the evidence in any single case; that would be like relying on the number of cases to show the child’s propensity to commit offenses. We conclude that, even without the May 28 statements, the April 13 statements alone suggested that the trial court, who would be the fact finder in the upcoming juvenile proceedings, would consider the number of cases pending against a child as evidence against him in determining his guilt in any one case.”
Judge Steven B. Feren faces attorney John Patrick Contini in the August 26th primary for Broward Circuit Court Group 27.