Hyderabad: Twitter user @sangramsatpath9 posted screenshots of the Twitter profile of an alleged Japanese woman and claimed that the profile is followed by PM Narendra Modi’s official Twitter handle.

 

 

Another [email protected] shared the above post with a text, “We all know that PM @narendramodifollows some of the vilest trolls on Twitter. But this is new. This is the result of buying trolls & fake followers from overseas bot factories. Modi will literally compromise his own account purely for validation (even if it’s paid & fake).”

This claim went viral on Twitter.

Fact Check:

The claim that PM Narendra Modi is following a Twitter profile of a Japanese woman is FALSE.

Upon searching on Twitter with the [email protected], the alleged profile of a Japanese woman, NewsMeter came across an account with the name Diptarup Chakraborti. He mentioned in his Twitter bio that his profile got hacked.

Diptarup Chakrabortialso tweeted saying, “Guys my profile got hacked. Still not able to get my original id. So ignore all tweets sent from 11:30 to now.”

Chakraborti has close to 25 years of experience in tech marketing, advertising and business research. He was most recently at Zycus Technology, where he headed its global marketing function over the past 5 years. Prior to this, he has served in leadership positions at companies such as IBM, Gartner, Capgemini, and Mastek.

More details about Chakraborti can be seen in this article.

Indian PM Modi follows more than 2,350 eminent Indians who have proved themselves in various fields.

https://twitter.com/narendramodi/following
So the claim that PM Narendra Modi is following a Twitter account of a Japanese woman is FALSE. The profile belongs to Diptarup Chakraborti, whose Twitter account was hacked and his profile was edited to show that it belonged to a random Japanese girl.

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru

Vamsi Krishna Pothuru completed his Masters in Communication from The University of Hyderabad. He has interned with The New Indian Express and Kriti Social Initiatives. With the specialization of media research in masters, he submitted his thesis on the topic of "Fact-checking Initiatives and their response to Fake News in India." He believes that fact-checkers have a huge role to play in the fight against fake news which is a dangerous undercurrent in social media reinforcing hatred and false perceptions. Along with fact-checking, he is also interested in writing about environmental issues and human interest stories.

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