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Niagara Falls Liberal candidate considering legal action over altered tweet

Twitter signage is draped on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 in New York.

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A Liberal candidate in the June 12 Ontario election is considering legal action after he says someone altered one of his tweets "to try and make a fool" out of him.

Lionel Tupman, who is running in Niagara Falls, says someone intentionally altered his message — an invitation to a campaign event — to change the word "plans" to "penis."

Tupman says he was not hacked but is the victim of an online "troll" who wants voters to think he can't spell or use social media appropriately.

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He says he's consulting with the party's leadership to determine how best to "control the damage" and get the word out that he never issued the controversial tweet.

Tupman says his campaign is considering legal action because he thinks the tweet can "seriously damage a campaign."

The Liberal candidate is a litigation lawyer and says he takes the "nasty" attack on his Twitter account "very seriously."

"There's no doubt it will be injurious," Tupman said in an interview. "It makes me look like an idiot."

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