Congress social media head and party President Rahul Gandhi's close aide Ramya a.k.a. Divya Spandana on Wednesday clarified the controversial video where she is seen instructing Congress workers on how to create fake accounts on social media to boost the party's reach has been ‘edited out of context’.
On Wednesday, Ramya took to Twitter to clarify and wrote, “1. The video is edited out of context 2. Was explaining the difference between bots, fake accounts & multiple accounts to a question from the audience. 3. Said, if you want to express your own view please do so on your individual handle not on an official account.”
Watch the video, which exposes Ramya encouraging Congress workers to have 'multiple social media accounts', below:
On Tuesday, a controversy erupted after the above video, where she is seen urging Congress party workers to create multiple social media accounts, went viral.
In the video, when a Congress worker asked if it was "ok (ethical) to create multiple social media accounts" she says that there was nothing wrong in having multiple accounts, and advised Congress youth workers to create 3-4 such accounts 'as an exercise'.
She then particularly spoke about 'Bots', explaining that they were not real accounts but computer generated. (Remember #Botgate that was used to increase Rahul Gandhi's 'retweets' on the micro-blogging site Twitter a few months ago?)
After the controversy went viral, Ramya 'winked' it off tweeting that the video was edited. After making the claim of the video being edited, Ramya, in reply to a Twitter user, said, “they should sell pakoras instead 😀”
This controversy has erupted days after Ramya's 'POT' jibe attack at PM Modi. On Sunday, while referring to PM Modi’s TOP (Tomato, Onion, Potato) remark in Bengaluru, Spandana had tweeted, “Is this what happens when you’re on POT? (sic)” Her tweet invited a sharp response from the BJP who has called it atrocious and an "insult" to the masses. Ramya’s swipe came following PM Modi’s comment in a rally in Karnataka during which he said farmers are his top priority and described TOP as tomato, onion and potato.