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

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

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

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday took a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over the rise in the number of people retweeting his messages and sought to link this with twitter accounts in Russia, Indonesia and Kazakhstan.

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.

News Agency ANI put out a story this morning, questioning whether Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's twitter followers were automated ones "mass retweeting" his posts. The Union Minister Smriti Irani said that the Congress leader can not win the Gujarat Assembly election with these attempts and further wished the Rahul Gandhi on the occasion of the Gujarati New Year. The tweet quickly reached 20,000 retweets and now has touched 30,000 re-tweets. "Incidentally, all these handles either tweet similar random stuff from across the world or tweet only about Rahul Gandhi", Malviya said.

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.

"In sports, this would come under "Doping". hey wait! does "dope" remind you of someone", tweeted Rajyavardhan Rathore, MoS (independent) for youth affairs and sports.

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Rahul Gandhi has apparently found a new ally - bots.

Summary: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi may take over the party's reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi on October 30. She added that the story was "factually wrong" and that it was an attempt to "please the I&B ministry and the Bots Janata Party".

"They (the BJP) are afraid of Rahul Gandhi and his popularity", he told TV channels.

BJP Party President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah has been in the headlines for a few day now.

Replying to Smriti's tweet, Spandana wrote: "Why do we need them when we have you?" Singh said these issues were raised by Rahul on Twitter, and "who is tweeting it and retweeting it... those are side issues". The verbal fight is likely to intensify after Rahul Gandhi launched scathing attacks on BJP ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat.

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