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PIB twitter handle faces “technical issue”; likes pornographic tweets

It seems like its twitter account was hacked which led to such unusual activity

Sabrangindia 23 Mar 2020

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The official twitter account of Press information Bureau (PIB) which is the public relations arm of the Indian government was allegedly hacked on March 22 as many twitter users noticed that the handle had liked tweets of pornographic handles and some Japanese language tweets such as these:

https://twitter.com/Noelcosplay_/status/1238838829131296768

https://twitter.com/jennifergable8/status/1241547041311870976

https://twitter.com/PennyLandon1/status/1241611593575583745

When twitter users pointed this out via tweets, the PIB twitter handle posted the following clarification tweet: https://twitter.com/PIB_India/status/1241737200045187073

The tweet says that this was caused due to an unknown malfunction. In times when a lot of misinformation is being circulated through the medium of Whatsapp, it is important that government’s agencies disseminating information take utmost care and caution regarding their social media activity. People generally look up to official government accounts on social media for credible information and if these accounts remain susceptible to such malfunction, it could spell trouble.


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PIB twitter handle faces “technical issue”; likes pornographic tweets

It seems like its twitter account was hacked which led to such unusual activity

PIB

The official twitter account of Press information Bureau (PIB) which is the public relations arm of the Indian government was allegedly hacked on March 22 as many twitter users noticed that the handle had liked tweets of pornographic handles and some Japanese language tweets such as these:

https://twitter.com/Noelcosplay_/status/1238838829131296768

https://twitter.com/jennifergable8/status/1241547041311870976

https://twitter.com/PennyLandon1/status/1241611593575583745

When twitter users pointed this out via tweets, the PIB twitter handle posted the following clarification tweet: https://twitter.com/PIB_India/status/1241737200045187073

The tweet says that this was caused due to an unknown malfunction. In times when a lot of misinformation is being circulated through the medium of Whatsapp, it is important that government’s agencies disseminating information take utmost care and caution regarding their social media activity. People generally look up to official government accounts on social media for credible information and if these accounts remain susceptible to such malfunction, it could spell trouble.


Related:

Doctors need more protective gear now, before COVID-19 cases explode

Covid-19 Update: Delhi under lockdown, Mumbai lockdown extended

Covid-19 update: Positive cases over 400, 7 deaths; lockdown in 75 districts

 

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