While it was impersonation of celebrities’ handles earlier, now this twitter mess is brewing upto parody/fake handles of News houses which people and even responsible politicians and mainstream media is also falling for. Interestingly this now is coming from all the wings or sides or whatever.
Manickam Tagore, Secertary, All India Congress Committee tweeted this (now deleted) –
He quoted a tweet he thought was from a genuine Republic TV Account which wrote
“Is Rahul Gandhi really on Mansarovar Yatra?? Why is he sharing Edited pics, even the shadow of stick was not there in one of the Pic he shared::Defence Minister in BJP Headquarter, File Pic”
He fell for a tweet from a Parody account. The Tweet Mr. Manickam believed in was from a parody account RepubliicTV .
- This is is not verified, no blue tick badge
- This has two ‘i’ in it which is a wrong spelling
- This has only 102 followers
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharman has called off his tweet and Mr. Manickam later deleted his tweet.
Wished you had checked that you are basing your comment on a ‘parody’ account. None of that was uttered. https://t.co/nuZ6GRxxF9
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) September 9, 2018
What’s going on, on Twitter these days ?
Firstly this was in the name of celebrities, journalists, sportsmen, politicians etc, fooling Twitter with using words like “Fan” or “Parody” but totally tweeted in favor of or against a religion, full of communal hatred or political party but not related to the fan they claim being of. They worked in unison, organized as despite having a small following, their tweets had 100s of retweets and screenshots of their tweet were viral on whatsapp.
Check the story done by SMHoaxSlayer here
Then came Fake Twitter accounts using News houses name like Times Wow, Times How, Zee Republic, RepubliicTV, IndiaTwoday, AN! and so on.
Check the story done by SMHoaxSlayer –
One example how News houses falling for such parody accounts –
- Last year’s video from UK of a Sikh chanting slogans in favor of Pakistan is viral as from ongoing framers’ protest. - November 29, 2020
- A yoga video shot before PM Modi was born is viral claimed to be his. - November 25, 2020
- A 15 year old spoof of a suicide bomber in a car is viral now as a real ‘ad’ by Volkswagen. - November 24, 2020