A parody Twitter account changed it’s account name to Indian-American economist Abhijit Banerjee, soon after the latter was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for 2019 along with two others.
CNBC-TV18 tags fake account
CNBC-TV18 fell for the fake Twitter account and tagged it in a now deleted tweet that read, “@ArvindKejriwal and @MamataOfficial congratulate Abhijit Banerjee (@Polytikle) on Twitter for winning the #NobelPrize in Economics”.
From ‘Parody’ to ‘Economist’
The Twitter account with the user handle (@Polytikle) changed it’s account display name to Abhijt Banerjee and started impersonating the economist from it’s previous display name ‘Not That Swaraj’.
Click here to view an archive of the old account.
The handle name (@Polytikle) remained the same which helps confirm both are the same account. The account had over 6500 followers at the time of writing this story.
Additionally, the account changed its profile picture to Abhijit Banerjee’s image used in The Noble Prize’s tweet and replaced the word ‘Parody’ in it’s profile to ‘Economist’.
Fake Account ‘Thanks’ congratulatory messages coming in
The fake Twitter account went on to accept congratulatory messages by thanking people wishing Banerjee.
Click here to view an archive of the account’s replies.
Several netizens have also been tweeting congratulatory messages to the account.
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