A Twitter account with a Muslim name that was cited by many as a security threat is fake, it has been found. In yet another incident of hate speech propaganda through fake accounts, the account named Muhammad Zeeshan was widely discussed and the tweets from the account were even called ‘an open threat to run riot if Modi loses 2019 election’ by seasoned fake news propagators.
Muhammad Zeeshan became the topic of discussion on social media when he put out a tweet saying, ‘I am waiting for 2019 when modi loses 2019 elections. Trust me, we Muslims will make the life of Hindus Hell! We Muslims will make Hindus our slaves! Trust me, after Modi loses Muslims will rule India!’ Most of the posts echoed the same sentiments with occasionally proclaiming that Hindus will be made slaves of Muslims.
The account claimed to be that of a teacher at Dhirubhai Ambani International school. These tweets were forwarded alerting the Delhi police and even the Minister of Home Affairs. Some of the accounts that retweeted Zeeshan were ones followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The ‘outraged’ twitteratti then started tweeting to Reliance group, Neeta and Mukesh Ambani, criticising them for their choice of teachers. Soon, it was revealed that nobody by the name worked inÂ Dhirubhai Ambani International school. This was clarified byÂ Abhimanyu Basu, the Deputy Head at Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, on Twitter.
It was also found that the account was using a picture ofÂ a Jammu & Kashmir based journalist named Rifat Abdulla as its own. Abdulla tweeted informing people of this and also asking them to block the fake account that was making abusive comments while using his photograph.
Alt news found that the earlier tweets from the same account had different political leaning altogether. These tweets were abusing Muslims and praising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath.
However, this is not the first time that fake profiles with Muslim names are cropping up on social media. Some of the accounts post anti-Hindu, anti-India messages and some post against Muslim religion and culture and pro BJP messages. Even renowned Muslim journalists like Rana Ayyub have been subjected to this kind of fake news spreading in their names. Recently fake pictures of Shehla Rashid, another young Muslim activist and leader were spread on social media. While the actual people behind these accounts are never found, most of the cyber attacks are also followed by threats to the original owners by right wing Hindu fundamentalists.