Fact Check: Fake Twitter Accounts Of Disha Ravi's Surface After Her Arrest On 'Toolkit FIR' Case

After the arrest of Disha Ravi, a climate activist, many fake accounts impersonating her have started surfacing on Twitter.

India   |   16 Feb 2021 12:21 PM GMT / Updated : 2021-02-16T17:57:24+05:30
Writer : Rujuta Thete | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Fake Twitter Accounts Of Disha Ravis Surface After Her Arrest On Toolkit FIR Case

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On February 13, a 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested by the Delhi Police's cybercrime unit from North Bengaluru. The allegations were that Ravi edited and shared a toolkit related to the farmers' protest on social media.

Disha Ravi is a co-founder of the Indian chapter of "Fridays for Future". She has been booked for sedition, promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy, among other offences. Patiala magistrate court remanded her to five-day police custody on February 14.

The incident drew a lot of attention on social media and since then, several fake accounts on Twitter have started floating.

A Twitter handle @climatedisha claimed that it is Ravi's sister account and started tweeting on her behalf. The account garnered more than 6,000 followers.

The tweet has been archived here.

Another account named @iDishaRavi also started tweeting claiming to be Ravi herself.

The tweet has been archived here.

Another account called @Activitist21Yrs, claiming to be Ravi even asked Twitter to look into the matter.

The tweet has been archived here.

Another account @Disha__Ravi claimed to be Ravi's friend Anjana and tweeted on her behalf.

The tweet has been archived here.

Claim:

Fake handles on Twitter are claiming to be Disha Ravi's account.

Fact Check:

BOOM reached out to a source related to Ravi. The friend confirmed that these Twitter accounts are fake and are impersonating Ravi. Ravi does not have any sibling to the claim to be her sister. The source also cleared that they had no idea about any Ravi's friend called Anjana who would make a Twitter account for the activist.

Prajwal Bhat, The News Minute journalist, tweeted saying that Disha Ravi is a single child.


Ravi is currently in police custody so she won't be able to access any of the social media platforms.

Therefore, all the accounts run under Ravi's name are not real and are impersonating her.

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Also Read: Fact check: Old Image Shared To Claim People Of Tamil Nadu Protested Against PM Modi's Recent Visit To The State

Claim Review :  Fake handles on Twitter are claiming to be Disha Ravis account.
Claimed By :  Social Media
Fact Check :  False
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