Twitter went on a tizzy earlier today when a Twitter handle @POIndia claimed to be the official account of Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. The unverified account was following the official accounts of Presidents of other countries and its bio was penned similar to that of @PMOIndia, which is the verified official account for the Indian Prime Minister. Despite it not being a verified account, numerous eminent personalities from politics as well as media jumped the gun to congratulate the President on joining Twitter. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?
It is not clear who was behind the account or how it got viral, but the situation was cleared by the Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office, Pankaj Pachauri, whose team notified Twitter India to take the fake account offline. Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
Be advised @Twiplomacy that @POIndia is not a genuine account. @TwitterIndia has been advised to take action. Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned
— Pankaj Pachauri (@PankajPachauri) December 2, 2013
This is not the first time something like this is happening. Soon after @PMOIndia account was launched on Twitter, a troll account @PM0India was started. The account was soon suspended. In order to separate fake accounts of public figures, Twitter had rolled out verified accounts.