The networking that the world has achieved due to social media has an alternate side to it. The reports of incidences of spamming by bots and fake accounts on Twitter have been increasing. Such accounts can help trend and spread Fake News and opinions, creating confusions and potentially, spreading rumours. Also, using bots and fake accounts to trend a topic on Twitter or generate artificial likes is becoming common practice.
Among other social media platforms, Twitter has been the worse to be hit by spams due to its openness. Notably, as Twitter becomes an integral political battleground, its use by politicians and political parties are shaping up to be quite a distress. Every party is driving their own agendas on Twitter, battling for popularity with whichever means possible- even fake accounts and spams.
PM Modi, the second most popular politician on Twitter, his political party’s social media team is adopting similar policies to make a presence on the social media. On Thursday, Shashi Tharoor pointed out such an activity by the BJP supporters or rather fake accounts on Twitter.
Tharoor tweeted, “Hilarious BJP strategy of fake accounts unmasked as multiple blondes express identical concern re attack on BJP offices inThiruvananthapuram!”. He shared a photo where the accounts indicated are certainly not real accounts. It is hard to believe that a bunch of blondes staying out of India would care about BJP offices being attacked in Thiruvananthapuram.
HilariousBJP strategy of fake accounts unmasked as multiple blondes express identical concern re attack on BJP offices inThiruvananthapuram! pic.twitter.com/fNsGjl4tNh
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 8, 2017