CHENNAI: Chief minister M K Stalin continues to tweet official information on social media through his personal twitter handle a day after taking oath as the CM. This is because Twitter handle of the chief minister’s office (@CMOTamilNadu) has been suspended temporarily.
On Friday, this handle was changed to Office Of EPS with a description stating that it belonged to Edappadi K Palaniswami, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. An AIADMK IT wing official said this was done by the former chief minister’s personal team, but that they were working on handing it back to the new CM.
Later, another twitter user, to demonstrate its vulnerability, took over the @CMOTamil-Nadu account. After this, the handle was suspended.
A similar error has been made in converting the official Facebook page of the chief minister’s office to Office of EPS. The Instagram account of the chief minister continues to bear Palaniswami’s photograph, name and other details.
A BJP office-bearer S G Suryah on twitter pointed out that this was a mistake. “Wrong advice given to EPS in transferring institutional twitter handle of the chief minister. Handing over the account to current chief minister and archiving tweets is the right practice,” he tweeted.
Suryah also recalled a similar instance involving former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s media advisor Pankaj Pachauri where Twitter had to intervene and hand it back.
An office-bearer of the DMK IT wing said they were aware of the issue and working towards retrieving all social media accounts of the chief minister’s office. “This is the first time a government has changed in TN after the arrival of Twitter. The change in social media handles will reflect in a day or two,” the officebearer said.
Palaniswami also maintains a personal account which like Stalin’s, is verified by twitter. Politicians make a significant distinction of tweeting only government information through their official handle and political information through personal handle.
Though Twitter has guidelines on labelling government accounts, those in India are not yet covered, according to information on its website. The company did not give an officialcomment atthetimeof going to press.