Goof-ups put spotlight on Modi government's cyber mess

This, however, isn’t the first time that a government Twitter handle has courted controversy.

Published: 18th August 2016 04:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2016 04:28 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: THE Modi government found itself in a cyber mess after the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted photos purpotedly of villagers of Nagla Fatela watching his speech on television on August 15 where he had claimed his government has electrified the village. The villagers, however, said the images were not of their village and they didn’t have adequate power supply. The photos have now been deleted from the Twitter handle @PMOIndia.

This, however, isn’t the first time that a government Twitter handle has courted controversy. In December last year, @PIB_India tweeted morphed images of the Prime Minister conducting an aerial survey of the Chennai floods.

The government had found itself in an uneasy situation when one of its official Twitter handles retweeted a call for a purge of “pro-Pakistan presstitutes”, using a word that Union minister V K Singh infamously coined last year.

MoS Nirmala Sitharaman had to intervene to clear the air with a series of tweets. She said the person responsible for the retweet had resigned. This time, there has been no explanation from the Prime Minister’s Office in this regard.  

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