“The matter was escalated to Twitter and the account has been immediately secured,” the Indian PM’s office said in a tweet on Sunday.
“In the brief period that the account was compromised, any Tweet shared must be ignored,” officials added.
The screenshot read: “India has officially accepted bitcoin as legal tender. The government has officially bought 500 BTC” and would be “distributing them to all residents of the country.”
That tweet has since been deleted. Along with the tweet, a possible scam link was also attached.
Modi has more than 70 million followers on Twitter — among the most of any world leader.
India does not recognize Bitcoin as legal tender.
That language leaves a lot of room for interpretation. The bill didn’t specify what is meant by “private” cryptocurrencies, so it’s not clear whether that applies to the world’s most heavily traded coins, including bitcoin and ethereum. India’s finance ministry did not respond to questions from CNN Business about the bill last month. It has yet to be presented in the current parliamentary session.
— Diksha Madhok contributed to this report.