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Twitter agrees to block six fake PMO accounts

Twitter agrees to block six fake PMO accounts

New Delhi: Social networking site Twitter has agreed to co-operate with the government in blocking six fake accounts “misrepresenting” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, officials said on Thursday.

“Twitter responded to our complaint, saying we need to follow an internal channel to lodge a formal complaint in the matter,” the prime minister’s media adviser Pankaj Pachauri said.

“We had earlier complained through email to the six fake twitter accounts individually,” he said.

Some of the fake Twitter accounts misrepresenting the prime minister included @Indian_pm, @PMOIndiaa, @dryumyumsingh, @PM0India.

Officials said the source of these fake accounts could be outside the country.

Opening the prime minister’s Twitter account was Pachauri’s brainchild to reach out to the community through new media after he joined the PMO early this year.

Over the past few days, the government has also blocked around 300 websites which it blamed for spreading rumours that sparked an exodus of the northeast people from Bangalore and Chennai.


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