NDTV looked like starting the week on an embarrassing note after it wrote an entire news report by mistaking a parody account of Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter to be his real account.
This is what the official twitter account of NDTV had tweeted out earlier today:
This is what had happened: Vivek Oberoi was trending on Twitter due to his upcoming show “Inside Edge” and in response to that, this is what ‘Abhishek Bachchan’ tweeted:
Dear @DinoMorea9 (Admin), Immediately remove Vivek Oberoi from our whatsapp group, He is trending and all. ?
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbacchhan) July 10, 2017
Somehow someone sitting in NDTV thought that it was real Abhishek Bachchan (even though his account is verified by Twitter) and wrote a report titled:
Vivek Oberoi Trends, Prompting Epic Tweet From Abhishek Bachchan
The report stated how on Monday, Vivek Oberoi’s name was unprecedentedly high up in the twitter trending section which prompted the hilarious tweet from ‘Abhishek Bachchan’. The report also claimed that it did not know who all were members in that WhatsApp group or whether Dino Morea had indeed paid heed to Abhishek’s request and removed Vivek Oberoi.
The report also decided to add a bit of ‘masala’ and pointed out how Abhishek and Vivek Oberoi being in the same WhatsApp group meant that there was no uneasiness between the two actors. This uneasiness according to the report was due to the fact that Aishwaria Rai the current wife of Abishek Bachchan had dated Vivek Oberoi in the past.
The only problem in this whole scenario was that the tweet which NDTV though to be from Abhishek Bachchan was actually sent by his parody account. Just by going to the description page of the account, one finds that its actually a parody and the the real Abhishek Bachchan goes by the handle @juniorbachchan and not by @juniorbacchha.
Also those who might be wondering, this joke was cracked in the context that actors like Dino Morea and Abhishek Bachchan struggle to find fame and new movies to act in, and thus no reasons for trending on Twitter.
After the parody account of Abhishek and other users pointed out this mistake, NDTV quickly deleted both the post and Google cache associated with it, in order to try removes all the traces of the article. A website though was kind enough to retain a copy which has now been archived by OpIndia, in case the media house also forces the website to remove its copy.