Recently on various Twitter handles, a misleading tweet is being shared from twitter handle ‘@Navjot_S_Si’:
The tweet says-
“Today I have been invited by the Government of Pakistan On the occasion of opening the #KartarpurCorridor. I am grateful 2Prime Minister Imran khan & Army chief. All Sikh community is thankful 2Pakistan. Pakistan is my second home. And I’ll definitely come on this happy occasion”
The tweet says-
“Pakistan is my second Home.”
This twitter handle ‘@Navjot_S_Si’ even has picture & name of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is an Indian politician, television personality and former cricketer. He currently serves as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums of the State of Punjab. Source: Wikipedia
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These types of messages are usually shared to create confusion in the minds of readers or to push forward a specific confirmation bias. Both these message went viral & together have been liked on Twitter more than 25,000 times and re-tweeted more than 4000 times.
Various fact checking website & news media sites, caught this fake account & highlighted this issue. Few examples are below:
Currently, this twitter handle ‘@Navjot_S_Si’ is no longer active/available on twitter.
The Official Twitter account for Navjot Singh Sidhu is @sherryontopp:
Tweets by sherryontopp
Fact Crescendo team tags these kinds of twitter posts as Fake and Misleading.
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