Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?

Oct 23, 2017, 04:00
Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?

While Rahul Gandhi recently targetted the PM Modi and Amit Shah over the controversy of the Jay Shah company.

The article shared by Irani has raised questions on Congress vice-president's Twitter followers.

Meanwhile, Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted on Rahul Gandhi's popularity, calling it "doping".

The Congress could finalise the election schedule to elevate Rahul Gandhi as the party president in the coming week.

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On October 15th, 'OfficeofRG' retweeted US President Donald Trump's tweet praising American-Pakistani relations with a caption "Modi ji quick, looks like President Trump needs another hug". Recent reports have mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is overtaking Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of popularity on twitter and that the Congress leader is getting raised volumes of retweets now which probably made the new agency go for an in-depth analysis of his account. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and touched 30,000 at the time of filing this report.

The report which has pointed out that there might be bots behind Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity was shared by Smriti Irani who questioned the authenticity of his followers.

And presenting the queen of fake followers having 60% (2.8 million) fake followers. "Twitter is a medium where you raise your voice", said Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh.

When asked about this apparent inorganic spike Divya Spandana/ Ramya, the new Congress chief of Social Media and Digital communications wrote back, "On Twitter one tweets and what happens after that is not in our control".

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Spandana later took to twitter, calling the story "factually wrong".

Cambridge Analytica was in the news during the US Presidential election cycle a year ago for advising Donald Trump in precision voter targeting based on online habits of voters in different states.

BJP leaders however, focused their attack on alleged bots used by the Congress to boost Gandhi's tweets, an allegation countered by the party.

Amit Malviya, the in-charge of the BJP's national information technology cell, launched an all-out attack on Rahul.

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