Twitter has suspended the account of Pakistan Defence after they posted a picture of an Indian girl holding a ‘photoshopped’ placard that read, ‘I am an Indian but I hate India because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kashmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh (the poster misspells the city’s name), Sikkim, Mizoram and Goa’.
The photoshoped version of the placard posted by Pakistan Defence- Photo – Twitter
However, the actual image posted by one Kawalpreet Kaur, who can be seen standing in front of the Jamia Masjid, Dehli shows a completely different placard. It reads, ‘I am a citizen of India and I stand with secular values of our constitution. I will write against communal mob lynching of Muslims in our country. #CitizensAgainst Mob Lynching’.
This was the original image posted by one Kawalpreet Kaur – Photo Twitter
Pakistan Defence, which goes with the twitter handle @defencepk, generally posts content related to Pakistan Army. However, Pakistan Army hasn’t declared it their official Twitter account that represents its views. Manipulating images and news stories is not uncommon on social media, however, it goes against the policies of social media websites. Once reported, these websites take stern action against the those who violate their terms and conditions.
Photoshop hum sharminda hain. pic.twitter.com/evmZmRBP4z
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) November 17, 2017
Social media has become a hub for fake news and images which in turn has become a matter of serious concern, labelled in a recent article by the Telegraph as ‘the greatest threat to free debate and democracy’.
In the past, Pakistan Defence Forum has also been accused of running malicious campaigns against Pakistani journalists, commentators and activists who have been critical of the powerful military and intelligence agencies.