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Man says Twitter took @Chase from him, gave it to bank

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A Dallas man claims Twitter took away his handle and gave it to a big bank.

Chase Giunta said he's used @Chase on Twitter for the past five year. But earlier this year someone claiming to be a broker offered to buy it from him on behalf of JPMorgan Chase for $20,000.

Giunta said he declined the offer because he didn't really believe it was legitimate. But a day later Twitter contacted him saying his username violated its policies. The handle was taken away and JPMorgan began tweeting from it.

"I'm obviously not the first to make a commentary account or parody account or anything like that. I do feel I was singled out so that Twitter could play into the hands of what JPMorgan wanted," he told FOX Business.

The bank had no comment Twitter told FOX Business it didn't comment on individual accounts, but pointed out its parody policy.

"The profile name should not list the exact name of the subject without some other distinguishing word such as 'not,' 'fake' or 'fan,'" it states.

Giunta's first name is Chase, but he was apparently retweeting comments from frustrated bank customers. And a screen grab of his profile shows he did write the word Chase in the bank's signature blue in his avatar photo, which Twitter implied violated copyright policy.

Giunta, of course, disagrees. He said he feels stilted by the company that he once loved. He does still tweet, but now under his full name.

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