The Supreme Court is set to resume hearing the Aadhaar case on Wednesday, and it looks like someone has been working hard to up the ante on the issue on social media.
From around 10am on Wednesday, a number of Twitter accounts put out the exact same tweet. It read, “Your Bank account is safe. No one can hack into your bank account by knowing your Aadhaar no. #AadhaarMythBuster”.
Here's another message, which was also tweeted by a number of accounts.
In the next two hours or so, not only did #AadhaarMythBuster become the top trend on Twitter, but hundreds of people also started tweeting in its favour. These included ministers, MPs and ministries’ Twitter handles, and also verified accounts followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Many also shared infographics such as FAQs about Aadhaar.
Check out some of the tweets below.
#Aadhaar does not save the details of bank accounts, insurance, mobile phone usage and other details linked with it. So there is no question on profiling based on #Aadhaar. Below are some more Myths and their answers. Plz read & share#AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/yTF4Lfyl9Y— khemchand sharma (@SharmaKhemchand) January 17, 2018
As per Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, no person shall be denied any service for want of #Aadhaar. Please make a complain to higher authorities in that department against denial of any service for want of Aadhaar. #AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/uaEeBQS2KX— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) January 17, 2018
Aadhaar is a game-changer that empowers the poor & entitles them to get their benefits without any intermediator. It facilitates them an array of Govt. schemes through Direct Benefit Transfer, keeping corruption at bay. #AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/mAUNYMxmT3— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) January 17, 2018
#Aadhaar does not save the details of your bank accounts, insurance, mobile phone usage and other details linked with it. So there is no question on profiling based on #Aadhaar. #AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/TZv32TtjDy— Ramcharan Bohra (@RamcharanBohra) January 17, 2018
Dear friends, #Aadhaar is a step forward in the right direction both for the individual and for the govt.— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 17, 2018
Don’t get scared with opposition’s propaganda.
Have faith in @narendramodi Ji’s vision.
Read and spread awareness #AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/Jrp2JNCNbJ
The criticism of the @UIDAI initiative is often generated from an inadequate understanding of the programme. Apart from making Aadhaar robust, safe and secure, it was given the security of a proper legal cover backed by a Parliamentary legislation. #AadhaarMythBuster pic.twitter.com/ZpEH8XsgEV— NarendraModi App (@NamoApp) January 17, 2018
And here are some more accounts which started tweeting in favour of Aadhaar this morning.
#AadhaarMythBuster— Sushil Kedia (@sushilkedia) January 17, 2018
Why doesnt the ever-belligerent @INCIndia come out on a white paper challenging all findings of Govt. that #Aadhar has faciliated discontinuance of lakhs of fake student support, millions of fake subsidy accounts?
काम की बात पे तो मुंह में दही जमा हुवा है!
Can someone say that I will not pay income tax because government seeks details of my— Manesha (@Manesha76) January 17, 2018
personal wealth and it is violation of privacy? Aadhaar needs fewer personal details then why
worries about it? #AadhaarMythBuster
#AadhaarMythBuster Linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar will boost tax collections and curb black money circulation through fictitious bank accounts.— Sonu Nigam Singh (@SonunigamsingH) January 17, 2018
However, the attempt at social media propaganda was picked up by some Twitter users, who were quick to react.
The utter unconcern of the ruling establishment over the Aadhaar deaths and the daily misery being caused to millions makes it evident that this digital ID was never about 'serving the citizens'. It was always about tagging, tracking and controlling 1.3 billion humans.— Tony Joseph (@tjoseph0010) January 17, 2018
Well done anti-Aadhaar activists, your efforts have the desired result. This Government is so rattled that it's using even the Ministers to propagate the fake claims of #Aadhaar and trying to trend #AadhaarMythBuster . https://t.co/nXtupjvTOl— Farmer (@RURALINDIA) January 17, 2018
https://t.co/J22N5bB4wz— rajeshmehar (@rajeshmehar) January 17, 2018
After ignoring and denying the problem, third step is always FIR against the person pointing out issues.
This comes at a time when a five-member constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, is hearing the petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar.
This isn’t the first time the government has tried to sway favour towards any move on social media.
Back in September 2017, the hashtag #DemonetisationSuccess saw central ministers behaving like bots and broadcasting identical tweets. The likes of former Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, BJP MP Om Birla, Minister of State for Defence Kiren Rijiju and Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani had tweets that hailed demonetisation as a move to rid the country of black money, and also promoted the Narendra Modi app.