Greek Communist Party twitter account: Hacked or faked?
An online incident lit up the political thermometer in Greece, as a twitter account that supposedly belongs to the Greek Communist Party (KKE) prompted its followers yesterday to vote instead for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in today’s general elections.
The twitter account @KKEgr states that it is “The official account of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece“. When it was opened in May of this year, its tweets appeared to be normal for what it stands; messages about the party’s activities and news about social issues in Greece.
On May 20th, there was a mention by the official publication of KKE, Rizospastis, that the Communist Party of Greece does not maintain a twitter account. Since that date, the tweets of the @KKEgr account became increasingly humorous and laden with double entendres.
Twenty-four hours ago, on the eve of the Greek parliamentary elections, the @KKEgr account tweeted the following:
“The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece calls upon all the Greek people, to support with their vote tomorrow the SYRIZA [party] #vivasyriza.”
At the same time, a similar twitter account – @Syrizagr – was announced, bearing the party’s image; this time with the following information:
“Those who do not realize in 10 seconds max that such accounts are fake, must be blocked from accessing the Internet.”
The prank, joke or potential hack wasn’t perceived well by Aleka Papariga, General Secretary of the Greek Communist Party of Greece, who referred to the incident as “a very serious case of forgery” during the course of exercising her voting rights, earlier today.
The Greek Police Agency against Electronic Crime is currently examining the information presented to them, all while the @KKEgr account appears to be active still.