Online impersonators masquerade as UPSC topper to add followers | Lucknow News

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LUCKNOW: Within an hour of declaration of Union Public Service Commission’s civil services results for 2023 on Tuesday, impersonators on social media minted on the information gap and opened several handles in the name of Aditya Srivastava to gain followers and traction for their post. Several others changed their existing handles’ names to impersonate Aditya in the cyber world.
For instance, an X user @ShivamYadavjii, a subscription based blue tick handle with 58.4k followers– claiming himself to be journalist and alumni of Banda Agriculture University — used his alleged backup account to impersonate the civil services topper.Interestingly his backup account @Adityasrivstav was being used to impersonate a young woman for the last one year.

Another X handle which in 2022 had impersonated then civil services topper Ankita Agarwal of 2021 batch with handle @Ankitagarwal_02, on Tuesday impersonated 2023 AIR 1 Aditya Srivastava with changed handle @AdityaSri_1. The handle had managed to generate over 10,000 followers and several thousand likes.


Similarly, another handle @AdityaSrivasatv with 14,000 followers went on to write motivational motto on the bio to convince social media users as genuine UPSC topper, but TOI Fact check found him to be another right wing troll.
The handle’s bio read, “UPSC Topper Air 1 | IPS 2023 batch(WB cadre) | Alumni – IIT KANPUR | Dreamer, Believer, Achiever.”

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