Amitabh Bachchan pens poem for ‘Mr/Ms Twitter’ for taking away 200,000 of his followers

Following up on his complaints that Twitter had removed 200,000 of his followers, Amitabh Bachchan composed a poem on (and for) the social media platform.

bollywood Updated: Feb 22, 2018 17:42 IST
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The photograph Amitabh Bachchan attached to his poem, a signature move.

Amitabh Bachchan composed a poem for Twitter on the occasion of losing more than 200,000 followers on the social media platform. He dedicated the poem to ‘Mr/Ms Twitter’.

Here is a translation of his two tweets:

“Dear brother, or sister (I don’t know your gender, so have addressed both). I am trying to publish something but you are not allowing it. You have already removed my 2,000,000 followers in a day, now please don’t take this away. Please do not be so cruel.”

And here is the poem:

“O bird! Where is your home? You come flying here, you have so many fans. You have no fear, where will we go if you get angry. If your blessings are with us, our new flowers (words?) will be showered upon you.”

Several prominent personalities from the world of business, media and the arts were outed in a January 31 New York Times report as having purchased followers from a company called Devumi, accused of proliferating fake accounts. On February 1, Bachchan took to Twitter to complain that his follower count had decreased. A follow-up NYT story said that more than 1 million ‘fake accounts’ had been removed from Twitter.

It is not clear if Bachchan “lost” followers is related to the same investigation. While Twitter India refused comment, it referred to an earlier statement made by the parent company, “The tactics used by Devumi on our platform and others as described by today’s NYT article violate our policies and are unacceptable to us. We are working to stop them and any companies like them.”

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First Published: Feb 22, 2018 17:40 IST