“Minor child rapists are also human, do they have no human rights. This Hindutva Government is bringing ordinance for death to child rapists just to hang muslims in larger numbers. Muslims aren’t safe in India anymore”. This quote has been ascribed to journalist Rana Ayyub. A tweet with this quote was posted by an account @repubIicTv. The accounter later deleted the tweet and has now deleted the account itself.

Within a short while after this tweet was posted, this quote became viral on social media. On Facebook, the quote was shared thousands of times by users. For instance, the page Yogi Adityanath ki Sena (@YogiGKP) which has over 425,000 followers and is a popular page with the right-wing posted this quote translated in Hindi on April 22. Since then, it has been shared more than 10,500 times.

60 साल तक बलात्कार पर कोइ कानून नही बना लेकिन तब इन बामपंथी पत्रकारों के मुह से एक शब्द भी नही फूटा, आज जब मोदी सरकार ने…

Posted by योगी आदित्यनाथ की सेना on Sunday, April 22, 2018

On Twitter, Ayyub was slammed for her ‘views’, particularly by right-wing users.

The tweet was from the parody account of Republic TV, whose original Twitter handle is @Republic. Original accounts are distinguished by a blue tick. This quote was picked up and widely circulated in an organised manner across various social media platforms. Ayyub herself in a Facebook post clarified that she had not made any such statement and that it was from a spoof account of the news channel.

The enormity of the fake news problem in India. This tweet has gone viral on whats app/ facebook/ twitter. My phone is…

Posted by Rana Ayyub on Sunday, April 22, 2018

While it is argued that such quotes are only for fun as they are posted from parody accounts and need not be taken seriously, the fact that a large majority of social media users consider them to be true and end up perpetuating them makes a compelling case for social media platforms like Twitter to devise mechanisms wherein there is clear visual indication so as to not confuse users and help them distinguish real accounts from fake ones.

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You can’t have better proof, ALT NEWS have nothing new, so they have become CHAMCHA of paid journalist (is she journalist ? who cares she is hate monger)

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What better proof do you need?

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Didnt get you kesari tatti biscuits today?

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Dude she is innocent….some cyber geek has done this obnoxious thing