I am waiting for 2019 when modi loses 2019 elections. Trust me, we Muslims will make the life of Hindus Hell! We Muslims will make Hindus our slaves! Trust me, after Modi loses Muslims will rule India!” is the text of a tweet by a Twitter handle called @Muhammadzee69. The biography of this Twitter account claimed that the person is a teacher in Dhirubhai Ambani International school. The abusive, bigoted, nature of the tweet and the alleged association of this person with Dhirubhai’s school become an object of outrage on social media.

Shefali Vaidya, who is followed by PM Modi on Twitter, put out a tweet while tagging Mumbai police. This got retweeted over 1200 times.

Some of the other tweets on this issue which got wide circulation were by Twitter accounts namely @SaffireGem and @goyalsanjeev which got retweeted over 900 and 600 times respectively.

Madhu Kishwar, who has a penchant for succumbing to fakery, also tweeted about this and then deleted it later. Screenshots of her tweet made it to various right-wing Facebook pages and Whatsapp groups and were shared widely.

Fake News site Postcard News also published a screenshot of the tweet on their Facebook page.

This man openly threatens to make lives of Hindus hell if Modi loses in 2019. According to his bio on twitter, Muhammad…

Posted by Post Card on Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Abhimanyu Basu, the Deputy Head at Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, clarified on Twitter that no person with the name Muhammad Zeeshan was associated with the school in any position or capacity whatsoever.

Further, Alt News also came across a tweet by a Jammu & Kashmir based journalist whose picture had been appropriated by the said account a few days ago. Stealing others’ pictures has been a trend that has been noticed repeatedly with fake accounts.

Alt News also looked up some of the old tweets from this account, the contents of which were in stark contradiction to the views presented by this said person in his ‘anti-Hindu’ tweets. There were tweets which were either abusive toward the minority community or endorsement of right wing politics and politicians.

The erratic nature of this account’s tweets dates back to the time when this account was first created in October 2017. The first three tweets from this account were similar to the tweets that have now created much outrage.

A clear case of a fake account pushing out tweets that gain currency with the right-wing ecosystem, but clearly not the first. Sample these.

  1. A Muslim who appreciates the greatness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, roots for Yogi Adityanath and is critical of the Muslim community. Gini Khan, who lives in Canberra was the toast of the right-wing social media ecosystem for her glamour and her thoroughly agreeable views.
  2. In the aftermath of the terror attack on pilgrims at Amarnath in July 2017, a Twitter account @ShaneMalwa with the name Dr. Abdul Vashisht sent out several hateful tweets against Hindus. Alt News had found that the account was fake.
  3. Zubina Ahmad, who claimed to hail from a defence background was a favourite with right-wing social media users. Zubina’s father had served in the army and her brother in the air force. Her views on most issues were stridently ‘nationalist’. This account has now been suspended

Such accounts capitalise on the tendency of social media users to outrage first and verify later, if at all. They also try to reinforce popular narratives, such as endorsement of politicians, political parties and policies. Social media users who are unaware that these accounts are fake fall prey to subtle and not so subtle propaganda. Such accounts keep spawning time and again to target the gullible and further an agenda.

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Raj Baral

It doesn’t matter that twitter account is fake or not, but matter is that, can one twitt decide the future of India? No, absolutely not. We have only one institution which have been already decided the future of India, that is our esteemed constitution, ‘CONSTITUTION OF INDIA’. One religion, one language, one organization, one gender, one color, one party and one thought can not become a decision maker of India. Like multinational company, India represent a multinational country. It is an country of diversity and our diversity legally endorse by Constitution of India. Beyond every religion, language, organization, gender, color,… Read more »

Jayz
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Jayz

Clear case of BJP IT cell at work.

Tushar
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Tushar

Can you please explain how you arrived at a conclusion that this is some BJP IT cell guy? Why can’t it be the Congress or leftist trying to earn a brownie point?

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

AS the writing is on the wall, saghis are desperate since the right-wing commentators and blind and committed bhakts who cannot indulge in any serious debate and discussion as they are morally and intellectually bankrupt, so they restore to abuse and troll and now restore to fake news, tweets and videos!

Tushar
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Tushar

Can you please explain how you arrived at a conclusion that this is some BJP IT cell guy? Why can’t it be the Congress or leftist trying to earn a brownie point?

PakChipak RajaBabu
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PakChipak RajaBabu

Dumb-wit Patra is owner of this account

Imteyaz Husain
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Imteyaz Husain

Why this fake account tripping since over a month is roaming around? Are our Police, IB, cyber security wing etc are in hibernation? Or this fake account holder is from BJP IT cell, which is why these agencies left him to troll with hate messages.

Tushar
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Tushar

Mr. Pratik Sinha, can you please explain how you arrived at a conclusion that this is some BJP IT cell guy? Why can’t it be the Congress or leftist trying to earn a brownie point?

Might be it’s someone from your side who is handling the Twitter handle.

Nanda Kishore
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Nanda Kishore

The article never said it’s BJP IT cell. No matter, keep posting the same lame comment.

M. Akhtar
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M. Akhtar

Way back in early 1990s I was traveling by Bombay Howrah mail. Some elderly group boarded the AC compartment at Nagpur and were sitting near me. The discussion was about the recent formation of Sunderlal Patwa government of Madhya Pradesh. Remember this was the first BJP government formed anywhere in the state. Obviously the group belonged to RSS/BJP Cadre and were very happy that finally a Hindu Nationalist party has formed the government. One of them wondered how can they implement their agenda under the existing constitution and civil service which is out and out secular and heavily pro minority?… Read more »