A Day of Social Media Backlash For Govt
This wasn’t the only social media spin that backfired on the government. At 11 PM on 10 May, the official ‘Mann ki Baat updates’ twitter handle posted a tweet asking people to “celebrate the power of positivity” and share “inspiring stories”.
This invited several angry, sarcastic and witty responses from Twitter users.
“The power of positivity refers to increase in Covid positive cases,” said one user.
“Friend of mine is running around to facilitate the cremation of their grandmother after saying goodbye to a parent last week. They are also covid positive. Positive story, no?” said a Twitter user called Swati Moitra.
The tweet had just 205 retweets, but 1100 quote tweets and 2,400 replies as of 8 PM on 11 May. A vast majority of the quote tweets and replies are angry or mocking in nature.
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