My Facebook page is fake: UP Board 10th topper Priyanshi

The UP Board Class 10 Result 2023 was declared by the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Council (UPMSP) on Tuesday. Priyanshi Soni of Sita Bal Vidya Mandir Inter College, Mahmudabad secured the top rank with an excellent score of 98.33%.

UP Board 10th topper Priyanshi Soni.  (Source)
UP Board 10th topper Priyanshi Soni. (Source)

After Priyanshi Soni emerged as the topper in UP Board Class 10, someone created her fake page on Facebook. The fake Facebook page featured Priyanshi Soni’s picture as the display picture and has garnered over 4,400 likes and 7,700 followers. The fake page, created on July 19, 2022, has been active since January 3, with its most recent post shared on April 25.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Soni clarified that she does not use social media and there is an impersonator using her name on Facebook. He said, ‘Yesterday a friend told me that a fake account has been created in my name on Facebook in the name of Priyanshi Soni, in which my pictures have been used. The impersonator is posting content on my behalf and impersonating me. I do not have any profile on any social media platform.

The fake Facebook page had changed its profile picture after the declaration of UP Board results on April 25. It carried a picture of Soni, accompanied by a caption in Hindi that roughly translates to, “Just now my mother saw the news that I have topped the UP Board Class 10 exam. I can’t believe it.” I am grateful to all of you for the love and blessings you have showered on me.

The page then shared a picture of Soni with a caption in Hindi. It says, ‘I thank everyone very much for the love, affection and blessings that I am getting from every corner of the state.’

Screengrab of fake Facebook page impersonating UP Board Class 10 topper Priyanshi Soni.  (Facebook)
Screengrab of fake Facebook page impersonating UP Board Class 10 topper Priyanshi Soni. (Facebook)

Soni also appealed to the government to take necessary action against the fake Facebook page, as he believes that it may harm him in future. “I urge the government to take action against it to protect my interests,” she told Hindustan Times.

After reviewing the page’s history, it was found that it was initially created using the name of President Draupadi Murmu. Over the past ten months, the fake page has undergone several name changes. It impersonated Devyani Singh IPS on two occasions – on 22 July and 19 August. Later, on 10 November, Page was renamed Natasha Pakistan, which changed to Sania Mirza Pilot on 24 December. Page saw another name change on Jan 3, 2023 – Pooja Yadav IPS. After the declaration of UP Board results on 25th April, the name of its class 10th topper Priyanshi Soni can be seen on the page.

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