In wake of a sharp rise in number of fake social media accounts in the name of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its chief Dr K Sivan, the space agency on Monday issued a clarification, saying that Sivan does not have any social media account and all those information related to Chandrayaan-2 doing rounds are not true.
"It has been noted that social media accounts in the name of Kailasavadivoo Sivan (along with photographs of K. Sivan) is operational and active on social media platforms. This is to clarify that K. Sivan, Chairman, ISRO does not have any personal account on any social media platforms," a statement on ISRO's official website read. "Hence all the information on all such accounts are not authentic," it added.
The space agency has also shared a list of its official and authentic social meedia accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Check out the list below:
It is noticed that accounts in the name of Kailasavadivoo Sivan is operational on many Social media. This is to clarify that Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO does not have any personal accounts.— ISRO (@isro) September 9, 2019
For official accounts of ISRO, please see https://t.co/DKhLvUwK1P
Many social media users started creating fake accounts in the name of Sivan and also ISRO ever since the space agency lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2's Vikram module, missing a historic touchdown on unchartered south pole region of the Moon on September 7. Thereafter, many Twitterati grabbed the opportunity to fool thousands of netizens waiting eagerly for the news of Chandrayaan-2's successful landing on Moon.
Those accounts have been highly active on the social media, especially on Twitter, with updates on the country's second lunar mission 'Chandrayaan-2', quoting ISRO and Sivan.
India's brave mission to soft-land on the moon suffered a setback with the landing module 'Vikram' losing communication with ground stations, just 2.1 km from the lunar surface during its final descent in the early hours of Saturday.