Rahul Gandhi may take charge as Congress chief on October 30

Rahul Gandhi may take charge as Congress chief on October 30

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.

Analysing the tweets, ANI says alleged "bots" with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian characteristic were routinely RT-ing the Congress VP's tweets. "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?"

Union Minister Smriti Irani accused Rahul of using Twitter bot to secure more retweets.

Specifically, the news agency says that on October 15th, "OfficeofRG" retweeted US President Donald Trump's tweet praising American-Pakistani relations with a caption "Modi ji quick, looks like President Trump needs another hug". Hindustan time in a report had claimed that Rahul Gandhi's tweets have been retweeted more than any other politician in recent times which now appears to be the work of bots or fake users.

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"Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has been tweeting for some time now". About 3.83 million accounts follow Rahul's @OfficeOfRG handle. Why are they not answering.Why are they not answering questions raised by him (Gandhi) about farmers? "Congress social media head was on a PR overdrive on how she re-launched Rahul Gandhi". While Rahul Gandhi recently targetted the PM Modi and Amit Shah over the controversy of the Jay Shah company.

While Gandhi's tweet also had a pun on demonetisation, an exercise vehemently opposed by the Congress and many other Opposition parties he, however, found support from leaders like former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who tweeted, "If I was Rahul Gandhi I'd be rubbing my hands with glee.The planted stories, the coordinated attack all highlight how anxious he has the BJP".

Cambridge Analytica was in the news during the US Presidential election cycle past year for advising Donald Trump in precision voter targeting based on online habits of voters in different states. Whenever for a campaign (political or not), a spurt in apparent engagement is required, we see such bots being deployed to please the masters.

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. "You will have to speak to Twitter to get clarity".

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