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Kym Marsh was horrified to discover her daughter’s identity had been cloned on Twitter after an imposter set up a fake account in the six-year-old girl’s name.
The soap star – who plays Michelle Connor in ITV’s Coronation Street – discovered the “role playing” account, which included a profile picture of her little girl Polly, which must have been swiped from Kym’s own social media.
The star’s recent experience has given her more reason to be on her guard on the social media site. She was shocked and dismayed to find the account with the handle @pollyconnor4 claiming to be her daughter Polly, and at the time she fumed the “strange strange person’ had even blocked her when she contacted them online.
The Twitter page included a profile picture of her little girl and pictures of the mother and daughter together with hearts splashed across the cover.
And speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celeb UK at the TV Choice awards about the creepy account, she said: “Twitter needs to be used in the right way. It was scary because it worries me, ‘who is following an account of a six year old?’ ”
Kym has been wary of social media in the past, and quit Twitter in 2014 when trolls posted abuse about her children.
She also took another break from the social media site because the need to check it constantly became overwhelming, confessing: “It can take over your life a bit – you can become a bit obsessed with reading what everyone’s up.”
However, she admitted the platform can be a “wonderful place” and doesn’t have any plans to let trolls push her off the site.
She told us: “I’m very much for twitter, I enjoy social media, and I think it’s great, it’s a wonderful place but if it’s used right.”
Meanwhile, Kym is busy in her long-running role as Michelle on Corrie and promised there is “lost of excitement” for her character’s stalking storyline between now and Christmas.
She said: “There’s a lot of excitement to come, seeing what’s going on with Bill the stalker, and I know that we’ve got another hectic few months, I’ve just been on a holiday but something tells me I needed it!”
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