Rahul Gandhi popularity on Twitter faked? Here's the Russian bot angle

The Vice president of the Congress Rahul Gandhi is planning to win the elections in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan said Smriti Irani as most of his tweets were liked and retweeted by the Kazakhstan people.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's elevation as the party chief is likely to be announced on October 26.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been making news recently for his renewed Twitter strategy.

BJP leaders charged that the Twitter handles supporting Rahul, and retweeting his tweets, were computer-generated and were dubiously coming from countries such as Kazakstan, Russia and Indonesia. As per the report, the tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000. "Saal Mubarak", Irani tweeted after Gandhi responded to a report on a Gujarat court barring publication of news on Jay Shah on Friday. Recent reports had said that even with a tenth of Modi's followers, Rahul's tweets have been garnering more traction in the number of retweets.

The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000, the report claimed, adding a close analysis of this tweet showed that these alleged "bots" with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian characteristic were routinely retweeting the Congress vice president's tweets.

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Another Congress leader and former Union minister RPN Singh said it is unimportant how many times a tweet has been retweeted.

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

Divya Spandana, the Social Media & Digital Communications Head of AICC, has called the story factually wrong. When asked about Rahul's twitter growth AAP had earlier raised questions whether the retweets or real and it appears they were not. Can understand your eagerness to please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party.

Lal raised two questions at the end of that piece, asking whether BJP supporters were using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to mask their IP addresses, or whether the party had hired a marketing agency out of Thailand.

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


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