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War of Tweets As Govt’s Premium Status For Jio Institute Divides Social Media


War of Tweets As Govt’s Premium Status For Jio Institute Divides Social Media

A Twitter handle @Jiolnstitute trolls the yet to be launched university and the government. Copy paste tweets supports Jio Institute


Reliance-owned Jio Institute came into the public eye when Union HRD minister Prakesh Jawdekar mentioned its name on Twitter as one of the greenfield university projects to be awarded the “Institutions of Eminence” status. Jawdekar’s tweet on Monday attracted a lot of anger from twitteratis who wondered how a proposed university who does not even have a website showing up on Google search be awarded such an important  tag by the government.



But a parody twitter handle @Jiolnstitute has taken the lead in tweeting videos and images dripping in sarcasm ever since the announcement was made. The handle has used images of Mukesh Ambani, Narendra Modi and even actor Akshay Kumar to tweet about the potential achievements of Jio Institute.




The handle Jio Institute came into existence in May 13, 2017. While the old tweets have been deleted, we found that the handle was earlier known as Honest Hindutva


Screenshot of @JioInstitute’s earlier tweets


Meanwhile, another hashtag #DivyaLiability aimed at Congress social media chief Divya Spandana started trending with those tweeting using the hashtag praising the government for accepting Jio’s application.


Jio Insitute

Twitter Screenshots


But it didn’t take much time to notice a trend that has been seen in the past – copycat tweets. A twitter handle @TrollABhakt who calls him the Fake Trend hunter pointed out that nearly 50% of the tweets using the hashtag were copy paste tweets.


The Jio Institute is a greenfield project yet to begun its operations. The private university is likely to begin operations after a period of three years. The institute will be run by the Reliance Foundation.


The HRD ministry also tweeted its clarification answering questions related to the inclusion of Jio.


Krutika Kale is BOOM's video producer and works on stories through the intelligent use of images, text, and video. She is also the producer of our flagship show Fact Vs Fiction.


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