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Website masquerades as source of APEC news

By Erika Engle


Anti-APEC voices are masquerading online as that which they disdain.

At least one site with a Web address almost identical to the official APEC site's has been operating, offering mostly inactive links but with one leading to stories mocking the organization.

The site also offers links to a Twitter feed and Facebook page that are not official APEC streams of information.

The Twitter feed links to documents that must be downloaded as well as to news parody sites including The Onion. One Twitter post reported that APEC had sourced local food for delegates and guests and given dignitaries a taste of aloha, with a link that led to a Yelp.com page with search results for "Taco Tuesdays in Honolulu."

The fake APEC Hawaii Facebook information page lists the fake APEC Web address.

"The (APEC) Host Committee is aware of the situation, and they are currently reviewing it," said Marylee Varanese, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Host Committee, in response to a query.

The nonauthentic website was registered Sunday by someone identifying himself as John Sweeney of a California address. The website was registered by California-based InMotion Hosting Inc., a Web-hosting company.

The company did not respond to a query.

Another Twitter user cashing in on the cache of APEC has posted APEC-relevant information via @2011apec, but the Twitter handle belongs to Frank Diaz and the Twitter page cites a website for the retired U.S. Navy senior chief's Hawaii-based real estate business. The business also has a separate Twitter handle.

Official APEC links:

Website: www.apec2011hawaii. com

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/apec2011hawaii

Facebook: www.facebook.com/apechawaii

APEC Secretariat

Website: www.apec.org

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/followAPEC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/APECnews?sk=wall

APEC Host Committee

Website: www.apec2011usa.org

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/APEC2011USA

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/APEC-2011-USA/146486325398263

ABAC -- APEC Business Advisory Council

Website: www.abaconline.org/v4/index.php

National Center for APEC

Website: www.ncapec.org

Reach Erika Engle at 529-4303, erika@staradvertiser.com or on Twitter as @erikaengle.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Oh, I thought the HSA was doing this masquerading. No, LOL, Erika, just a little humor. -r.
on November 9,2011 | 02:25AM
Kapakahi wrote:

A little humor which gets its "bite" from the truth it contains. The Star-Advertiser has served as an uncritical cheerleader for this APEC nonsense.

Here's my request of the editors: Please demand a clear-eyed cost-benefit analysis of APEC. Will this cost us more than it brings in? Who suffered losses, who made money? Yes, the giant hotel chains will make big bucks, but what about the small businesses who have lost customers due to closures and the drop off by customers who are just "hunkering down" rather than risk getting caught in traffic? Please include the lost man-hours spent tied up in traffic. Though I am not sure what cash value we can place on lost recreation opportunities.

It appears to me Hawaii residents have been sold a "bill of goods" about APEC from the business and political leaders, with the Star-Advertiser helping lead the chorus.

on November 9,2011 | 07:13AM
cojef wrote:
No benefits recieved from the APEC FORUM in Honolulu. Its a big shibai for the elitist from the participating countries, with diplomatic courtesies, which do not add any monies to the State coffers, and more so the businesses along the route where traffic has been restricted. These businesses depend on this traffic and any slow down can affect whether you can have good year or bad one. Yes, that means dollars and cents, and stay open or close. It was a bad idea from the start. Only the high-class hotels with newer entertainment opportunities are benefitting.
on November 9,2011 | 10:27AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
It's called "satire". Lighten up, Erika Engle! The fake twitter feed reported that APEC had sourced ocal food for delegates with a link to "Taco Tuesdays in Honolulu." ROTFL! Just confirms my opinion that anyone who uses twitter is a "twit".
on November 9,2011 | 11:47AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The HSA has David Shapiro.
on November 9,2011 | 09:49PM
kennysmith wrote:
i my self don't care about APEC web sites.
on November 9,2011 | 04:49PM
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