However, we found multiple discrepancies in the format of the viral tweet to confirm that it is fake and was never tweeted by Ayyub.
The tweet attributed to Ayyub reads: “The man who rejected martyr Afzal Guru’s petition is dead. Afzal Guru is at peace today!”
Mukherjee, during his tenure as the President of India, had rejected the mercy petition of Guru, the main accused in the 2001 Parliament attacks.
The aforementioned screenshot, which is being widely shared on Facebook and Twitter, is being circulated with a caption saying “This is how a jihadi mind works”.
WHAT WE FOUND
We searched Ayyub’s Twitter timeline and found no such tweet following which we carefully analysed the tweet in the viral screenshot and compared its format with that of other tweets.
After a close analysis, we observed four formatting errors in the viral tweet.
- The space between the username and text in the viral tweet is more than what can be seen in a regular tweet.
- The dateline is missing in the viral tweet.
- The ‘comments’, ‘retweet’ and ‘like’ icons in regular tweets are left-aligned unlike the centre alignment in the viral tweet.
- The viral tweet did not reflect the ‘share’ option.
We also found a tweet by Ayyub where she has herself called out the fake tweet.
As illustrated, a fake tweet is being circulated on social media to insinuate that Ayyub rejoiced the death of the former president.
(We’ve reached out to Rana Ayyub for a comment and the story will be updated as and when we hear from her.)