New Delhi, November 8: The Mastodon accounts of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party's Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are "not authentic". The two handles, which have surfaced on the relatively new social media website, drew a number of followers. The party on Friday issued a statement on microblogging site Twitter, clarifying that none of the Mastodon accounts related to its leaders are authentic.
Mastodon, emerging as a top rival of Twitter, has seen a surge in Indian users this week. After Twitter came under fire for allegedly acting against critics of the ruling dispensation at the Centre, several "influencers" have jumped ship to the new social media platform. Twitter India Responds to Flak Over Sanjay Hegde's Account Suspension, Says 'We Are Impartial'.
"This is to clarify that the accounts of Shri @RahulGandhi, Smt. @priyankagandhi or that of INC India on Social Media platform, Mastodon are not authentic (sic)," the party said.
See Congress' Statement on Twitter:
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 8, 2019
Mastodon first emerged in October 2016 and its stable version was launched last month. The website could be operated on all operating systems, and is permitted to be used in all parts of the world barring China.