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The Indian media was gung ho when an Indian Twitter user mentioned on the micro-blogging site Twitter that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was involved in sexting another Pakistan cricketer’s girlfriend.
Babar was mercilessly trolled by netizens across social media platforms after the incident. Many articles had been published claiming various stories on the alleged incident.
‘Joke’ Indian tweet riled up fans; Indian media merrily reported on it
The actual story behind the tweet has left everyone in shock. The tweet was meant to be a ‘joke’ by an Indian user who runs a parody account on the micro-blogging site by the name ‘Dr Nimo Yadav’.
The person behind the parody account, who remains anonymous, apologised on Twitter to Azam – who remained silent throughout. The original tweet, which has now been deleted said that Azam had been “sexting with the girlfriend of another Pakistan cricketer.”
Not only that, but the player was “promising her that her bf (boyfriend) won’t be out of team if she keeps sexting with him… I hope Allah is watching all this,” the account tweeted to its more than 27,000 followers.
The false controversy sent the internet into a frenzy. Indian media outlets including NDTV and Network 18 fell for the bait. Australia’s Fox Sports too fell for the fake tweet.
The furore over the false controversy which also dragged Babar’s captaincy into the discussion on social media attracted significant public attention for the Twitter user.
The ‘Nimo’ handle is now criticising Indian media outlets for reporting stories based on his fake claim and revelling in his 15 minutes of fame. As the user fended off criticism for dragging the Pakistani cricketer into an unnecessary controversy, hashtags #WeStandWithBabarAzam and #StayStrongBabarAzam began trending on Twitter.
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