The menace of Fake twitter handle spreading misinformation has been there for a while now and interestingly, this twitter mess has now turned towards parody/fake handles of media houses.
Currently, there are FAKE twitter handles in the name of almost all major news channels and newspapers and many people fall for the claims they make and sometimes even prominent politicians.
Secretary, All India Congress Committee, Manickam Tagore, tweeted this: “Hahaha! How @nsitharaman is unfit to be the Defence Minister of India is proved again! She needs to have to check up first! #RahulGandhi”
He quoted a tweet he thought was from 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.”
Though the tweet has been deleted, this is how the tweet looked like:
When we Fact Checked the above tweet it revealed that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman didn’t say anything like that.
Moreover, the twitter handle which quoted Sitharaman is the parody account of Republic TV.
- Since the Republic is one of the well-known media outlets, it has a verified Twitter handle, but the handle whose tweet was retweeted by the Congress leader is not verified.
- If you look closely you’ll see the parody account has two ‘i’ in it which is a wrong spelling.
- The parody account also had only 102 followers before it was deleted.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharman has called off his tweet and 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