A fake Twitter account allegedly belonging to former director of the French intelligence, Bernard Bajolet, has been spotted earlier today.
Everyone wants to express their opinion; good, bad, social, political, or forbidden. Things they can’t do for so for many different reasons, some being their personal safety, religious and cultural background and more. Many will resort to opening fake social media accounts with pseudonyms to express their true thoughts and ideas they have, regardless of the fact these could be very bad, hate speech and other forms of forbidden behavior.
An example are the masked terrorist groups spreading terror in the Arab world. They do whatever they want without anyone knowing or recognizing them. And they get away with it most, if not all the time.
Another example is this Twitter account which allegedly belongs to Bernard Bajolet, but is suspected to be run by an unknown individual simply using the name and posting things which could potentially be harmful not only for Bajolet, but also have international implications. The person behind the fake Twitter account could very well get away with placing fake news online and abusing the name of a well established French politician.
It is also absolutely unclear why former director of the French intelligence would spend so much time using Twitter with 15.1k Tweets and retweets, most of which are interests in 2019 India elections, almost all retweets from Narendra Modi.
Some of Narendra’s Tweets are in English, but most of them are in Hindu, but suddenly after June 10, the Tweets are in French language.
After this Tweet started circulating the public, blaming UAE for the death of former Egyptian president and the leader of the Muslim brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack during trial, a lot of Arabic and Turkish accounts shared the tweet and claimed it was not fake news, that it was indeed the act of UAE. No evidence of such claims has been provided.
After a thorough search, no official account was found for Bernard Bajolet, which was expected due to the lack of official accounts of intelligence officers worldwide and their tendency not to engage in Social Media for security reasons.
Twitter has called on its users around the world to report malicious and suspicious accounts, whether they are fake or behave in a manner that is managed by online bots.
The company said in a tweet published by TwitterSafety account:
The move comes at a time when Twitter is fighting the growing number automated and fake accounts on the site which cause the quick spreading of fake news and promote ideologies which can sometimes lead to terrorist activities.