Moments after Germany scored the winning goal in the second half of extra-time last night to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 against Argentina, Twitter went into a tizzy as one Twitter account seemed to have correctly predicted the outcome of the game. While Germany were the favorites to win from the start, the owner of the account tweeted a day before that Germany will win 1-0 and Gotze will score the winning goal in the second half of extra-time! The account, which was apparently there to prove that FIFA is corrupt and it appeared that the owner did have proof about it. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?
So how did he do it? It is highly unlikely for anyone to be able to fix the World Cup Final right down to which player will score and when, and that remains true despite these tweets. Instead, what the account owner did was he tweeted every possible outcome during the game and deleted every tweet that didn’t work out. What remained in the end are the four tweets that appear to prove the game was fixed. Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
So here’s what the Twitter account looked like before the game began. But things really worked out for the account holder as the account has over 40,000 followers right now, while it barely had a 1,000 followers before the Germany-Argentina game ended.
Well, if it is too good to believe on Twitter, it probably is. And that’s something Twitter will have to counter sooner than later as more people come on to the platform.
The ability to spoof anyone’s account by using a similar handle (replace an ‘o’ with ‘0’, ‘l’ with ‘I’ and so on) or by the ability to manually retweet tweets ( you can simply start a new tweet with MT “@username to give an impression as if you have retweeted someone else’s tweet initially started out as harmless pranks but as Twitter emerges as a news dissemination platform, it needs to address these issues.
One way Twitter has started doing it already is for some users it shows the quoted tweet as a card of the original tweet that not only gives the user more space to add their two cents but also ensures that the original tweet is left intact. But that’s just a start.
Screenshot Courtesy: Suresh Nakhua