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The Digital Media Wing of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has gotten 45 official accounts verified on Twitter which includes accounts of the President of Pakistan, Senate, PM Initiatives, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and others.

The ministry’s DMW in a statement said that the blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic. The badge appears next to the name of the account’s profile and next to the account name in search results.

The development was made when DMW made contact with Twitter office in the region to address the issue and get Twitter support to Pakistan.

The General Manager of DMW, Imran Ghazali termed it small but important step as part of the overall strategy to strengthen the digital presence of government of Pakistan.

He added that due to this menace of disinformation, fake news and fake accounts, it is critically important for the Government to have verified accounts to disseminate authentic information, news and updates regarding the Government.

The verified accounts will also help Government of Pakistan reach more people and they will be taken as first source of authentic information related to ministries.

He said that the wing is currently working with other social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Google and YouTube to ensure fake accounts in the name of Government of Pakistan (GoP) are removed and verified accounts are established.

The deputy speaker of National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri thanked Imran Ghazali to get his account verified as said that the move will help in dissemination of authentic news and information and fight fake news and propaganda.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi, who also got his account verified
wrote: The official ID of Min of Maritime just got the blue tick... Thank you Imran Ghazali."