Smriti Irani, Rahul Gandhi engage in a tweet war

24 October, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Illustration by Siddhant Jumde

Amit Malviya, the head of the BJP's IT cell, asked a TV news channel why the Congress has to "buy" support for Rahul Gandhi.

The media report had said the alleged "bots" had Russian, Kazakh, or Indonesian characteristics. "A cursory glance at the twitter handles retweeting the Congress vice-president's tweets does throw up some questions...are these automated "bots" mass retweeting Rahul Gandhi's tweets?" The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000 re-tweets.

Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi, Rahul wrote, "Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug".

Irani, a week ago, countered Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's remark on the Global Index Report that stated India has slipped three notches to 100 among 119 countries of the world.

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Responding to Irani's tweet, that bots could have pushed Rahul's tweets, Spandana wrote, "Why do we need them when we have you?" He said what is important is the issues Rahul Gandhi has been highlighting through his tweets. In a piece for DailyO in June a year ago, Lal took instances of three hashtags to show how Prime Minister Modi's visits trended on Twitter.

A Twitter audit of PM Modi's personal account and Rahul Gandhi's accounts revealed that while Gandhi's audit score is 51 percent (meaning 49 percent fake followers) Modi stands at 36 percent with 22,003,269 suspicious accounts following him.

Suggesting that Rahul seemed to be more popular in Kazakhstan than in India, Union I&B Minister Irani tweeted "Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan??" with a hashtag #RahulWaveInKazakh, making it trend on Twitter in India.

Bots have been very much in the news since the United States presidential election past year. Whenever for a campaign (political or not), a spurt in apparent engagement is required, we see such bots being deployed to please the masters. "You will have to speak to Twitter to get clarity".

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According to reports the coronation of Rahul Gandhi as Congress President is scheduled to take place on October 26, soon after organisational elections the same day.

Divya Spandana, the chief of Social Media and Digital Communications for the Congress, told ANI: "On Twitter one tweets and what happens after that is not in our control".

"The Story is factually wrong".

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