- In recent past, CJP, Maryam Nawaz also reported similar problem
Newly-appointed army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has no social media account, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
ISPR Director General Asim Bajwa said that Gen Qamar Bajwa had no presence on social media and all social media accounts in his name were fake. “#COAS designate Gen Qamar Bajwa has zero presence on social media. All fb/twitter & other SM platforms ids & accounts on his name are fake,” he said in a comment posted on Twitter.
After the government announced its decision to appoint Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new army chief, a number of accounts emerged on Facebook and Twitter in his name.
Social media has revolutionised modern communication techniques, and is very helpful in the spread of information in no time, but it also lacks credibility in certain cases, especially when it comes to fake accounts of key personalities.
The issue of fake social media account is a national, as well as an international issue. Various famous personalities, including celebrities and important figure of state have been victims of fake social accounts.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, in a recent incident, directed authorities to block fake social media accounts carrying his name.
He asked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take legal action against the delinquents in accordance with law.
It was clarified Jamali is neither using any Facebook account or page nor any other social media ID, but reference to fake Facebook pages carrying name of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali are being run on social media.
Another victim of these cheap social media tricks was Maryam Nawaz, who uses a twitter account for party propaganda but recently fake twitter account carrying her name had appeared on social media which even managed to get 3000 followers.
Pakistan government, taking an action against these incidents introduced Electronic Crime Law recently. According to the Electronic Crimes law, any person who uses the identity of another person without authorization shall be punished with incarceration for three years or a fine which may extend to five million rupees, or with both. Moreover, spreading the unverified information on any website is also a crime.
It’s not just Pakistan, everywhere in the world celebrities or political leaders have been a victim of social media fake account.
Angelina Jolie, who does not use any social media account, is a victim of social media too when her suicide video circulated online, the rumours were spread linking to CNN.
It was revealed that, the malware, despite not targeting any privacy breach at this moment, it is still a virus that implicates legit social media accounts to hoax celebrity news. Angelina Jolie is not the first Hollywood celebrity to be a victim of such hoax news.