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[Resolved]  Times Of India — times internet spamming

Hello times team,

This is vp singh here. First of all, i want to thank you for all the support you have been giving me on the times internet. I would also like this message to be sent to mr. Kabeer sharma (Grievance officer). This email regards sensitive personal information.

I apologize for these constant e-mails i have been sending your team for the past two weeks. I apologize for any disturbance for sending several e-mails. But, this is an emergency report. I need to take this to the next level as the conflicts are not resolved yet.

For nearly a month from nov 2019-dec 2019, i have noticed there has been impersonation of my account on the times internet. Not only impersonation, but the user who is behind these fake accounts has been posting insulting comments on the times internet by pretending to post as me. The user copied my name. My location, and created a profile. I want to ask if there is an option to block a user on the times internet, so that the user can not stalk all my comments.

The problem is that the user is not using a times profile because his original impersonated times account has been blocked, so he is signing up and commenting by using other options, and he is not giving up with his practice of impersonation. His original impersonated times profile
Was https://mytimes.indiatimes.com/profile/21singh_kratik, which has been blocked already as i already reported it to the team.

This is not a coincidence that the user and i have the same name and location as i am 100% sure that the same user who is currently faking to be my profile created the accounts: https://mytimes.indiatimes.com/profile/mcshindoa and https://mytimes.indiatimes.com/profile/21singh_kratik as the behavior from these two accounts seem very similar to what the user is showing now. Both of these accounts have been reported and blocked by the times internet, but unlike these two accounts, the user who is currently committing impersonation against me is not using a times account, but somehow he is still getting access to commit the same behavior to what he did in these two accounts.

Just a few months, the user created another account: https://mytimes.indiatimes.com/profile/[protected]#_ga=2.52867624.[protected].[protected]-[protected].[protect... the user saw my location, and he is posting offensive comments towards hindus and towards indians. He is accusing indian-american hindus of being offensive towards muslims, which is all slanderous.

In all these three accounts, i have observed:
The user changed his previous name to my name (The user changes names pretty often).
The user changed his location to my location (Which i write very specifically), so it is easy to tell the user is committing impersonation
The user is copying and pasting some of my comments, and editing/publishing them his own way
The user is stalking all my comments and replying to comments that are several days old
The user is writing in identical formats (The user sometimes writes in all caps or all lowercase)
The user is repeating the same comments
The user has commented on the article: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/927-hindu-sikh-migrants-from-pakistan-afghanistan-since-2018-home-ministr... this is the only known information i have of him.

I have flagged this comment, but i am not sure if the moderators are noticing as it is clearly showing hatred towards the community of muslims. I am still wondering how this user got access to comment even when his profile has been blocked. I also flagged this comment for impersonation, but i want to know if i can flag or report a specific user to the times internet. This user as mentioned is not using a times account, so it is harder to know more details about which article and when he is commenting.

I read your articles on the times internet policy, and the only solution i found for reporting a user is to contact the grievance officer. That is the reason for my constant e-mails.

Important: if this behavior does not cease, i may have to report this behavior to the law level for impersonation as it is considered a crime on the internet. I have taken screenshots of the user's impersonated comments from today and before, and i am almost ready to file a police report if this impersonation does not stop. I will need your team's help in trying to detect how this user is getting access to impersonate as me when his original account has already been blocked. I do realize that the times internet is not responsible for this conflict, but i request your team to take more action against this. If i file a report to the police, i would let the officer know to contact grievance, so that he/she can track the ip address of this impersonated account, and take further action.

I want to resolve this conflict as soon as possible, but this user is still committing cyber crimes which must be reported to the times team; it can not be ignored. I do not want this happening to me and neither to anyone else.

Thank you for your support and please take care of this situation asap,
Vp singh
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Feb 21, 2020
Complaint marked as Resolved 
They blocked the accounts of the offensive user
May 19, 2020
Updated by vpstimesofindia
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