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Gimmick or Coincidence? Arvind Kejriwal’s 10 Lakh Followers on Twitter in 10 Days

In around one and half years his twitter followers increased to 7-8 Million followers. But all of a sudden in a span of 10 days his followers have gone from 8 Million to 9 Million! Yes, he got 10 Lakh followers just in 10 days

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  • A Few Social Media groups kept a close watch on all big accounts; they recently noticed something very unusual about Kejriwal’s account
  • Delhi elections would know he had followers between 4-5 Million. In around one and half years his twitter followers increased to 7-8 Million followers
  • They researched, and found out more than 4.8M followers were fake handles with no profile pictures, no followers and no tweets on their timeline

September 29, 2016: Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal is known for his love for controversies. Be it his bad luck or the circumstances but he manages to remain entangled in one controversy or the other.

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According to postcard.news, “This is indeed funny but true. Few Social Media groups kept a close watch on all big accounts; they recently noticed something very unusual about Kejriwal’s account. They say those who have followed Kejriwal’s twitter followers since 2015 Delhi elections would know he had followers between 4-5 Million. In around one and half years his twitter followers increased to 7-8 Million followers. But all of a sudden in a span of 10 days his followers have gone from 8 Million to 9 Million! Yes, he got 10 Lakh followers just in 10 days.”

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Arvind Kejriwal's twitter account. Source:postcard.news
Arvind Kejriwal’s twitter account. Source:postcard.news

They researched, and found out more than 4.8M followers were fake handles with no profile pictures, no followers and no tweets on their timeline.

Fake accounts. Source:postcard.news
Fake accounts. Source:postcard.news

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They further observed that most of these followers are using weird numbers in their handles. Weird as in, they are using 8-9 digits for their handles which aren’t quite common. People may use their date of birth in their handles but 8-9 digits is weird.

Fake accounts. Source:postcard.news
Fake accounts. Source:postcard.news

To add more to the confusion, all these weird followers have joined Twitter in September 2016.
All these unusual facts that have come up, puts a serious question as to whether it’s all a gimmick or these are mere coincidences?

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  • Anubhuti Gupta

    Its such a shame such a major politician is resorting to such low grade tactics and for what? Votes don’t come from followers on Twitter

  • Antara

    How on earth a twitter account with millions of followers would help him in the long run?!

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?