A war over bots & Rahul Gandhi tweets

Rahul Gandhi
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23 October, 2017

A news agency in its story titled, "Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?" raised doubt on the credibility of twitter handles retweeting Rahul Gandhi's tweets.

Summary: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi may take over the party's reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi on October 30. She tweeted that Rahul Gandhi is planning to sweep the elections in Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Russian Federation.

Rahul's tweets have been garnering more traction in the number of retweets, reports.

The BJP's IT department has claimed that most of these fake accounts had less than 10 followers and only a few tweets. Activist Tehseen Poonawalla pointed out how among those who retweeted Modi's tweets also included an escort agency.

Rathore, MoS for Youth Affairs and Sports, tweeted, "In sports, this would come under "Doping"...hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone".

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Rajeev Shukla, Congress Rajya Sabha MP and Gandhi family loyalist, jumped to the party vice president's defence, saying social media connects the whole world and retweets originating from Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia should not be considered out of place.

"Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been tweeting for some time now. Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party", Ramya tweeted. Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?"

Later the Congress called the BJP's attempt to question Rahul's social media popularity a "diversionary tactic" from the issues raised by the Congress leader online, because BJP did not want to "focus on them".

"They (the BJP) are afraid of Rahul Gandhi and his popularity", he told TV channels. Now, handles friendly to the Congress have charted out what Irani's followers look like, labelling her the "queen of fake followers". Why is he not speaking about how the turnover of a company owned by Shahzada's son rose 16,000 times in a year.

Speaking to DNA, Amit Malviya, head of the BJP's Information and Technology department said that the "manufactured support" showcased the "desperation" of the Congress party.


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