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Youth Congress goes after Rahul's Facebook imposters

delhi Updated: Feb 07, 2011 23:42 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

"This is Dinesh Kumar Vyas, your admirer since your birth. Will be grateful if added in friend list," says a new post on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's Facebook page.

With more than 100,000 fans, a correct profile, childhood pictures and rich political discussions, it is hard for Vyas and likes to make out that Gandhi's Facebook page is a fake.

The Youth Congress has now asked its IT cell to track Gandhi's imposters on Facebook, one of the largest social networking sites with more than 150 million users worldwide.

While the organisation has written to the Facebook management to close down all such fake accounts, it has so far refrained from approaching the police on the matter.

"It's a nuisance….On many occasions, they post abuses and rude comments on the site. We hope that these imposters will soon be tracked down and all such fake accounts closed," a senior Youth Congress functionary said.

But repeated efforts — e-mail and sms — to seek a response from Gandhi's office on the matter did not succeed.

Not only Gandhi, his close aides too have been prime targets of Facebook imposters.

Alwar MP Jitendra Singh had to lodge a formal complaint with the police after an imposter created a fake account in his name on Facebook. He also wrote to Facebook authorities to close the fake account.

Similarly, Mandsaur MP Meenakshi Natarajan, another close aide of Gandhi, also has an imposter on Facebook.

"There is a definite pattern…. imposters have targeted only selected people. These leaders are too busy with organisational work to indulge in social networking," the functionary said.