Question mark on Rahul's Twitter popularity: Congress says report factually wrong

Illustration by Siddhant Jumde

Illustration by Siddhant Jumde

A Twitterbot is a software that autonomously performs activities such as tweeting, retweeting, liking, following and unfollowing.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi were given bail in December 2015 in the National Herald case of cheating and misappropriation.

Rahul's tweets have been garnering more traction in the number of retweets, reports.

Irani attached with her tweet a news report, "Bots behind rise in Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity?", which said that a glance at the twitter handles retweeting Gandhi's tweets does throw up some questions.

The report which has pointed out that there might be bots behind Rahul Gandhi's twitter popularity was shared by Smriti Irani who questioned the authenticity of his followers. "Congress's social media dream aborted?" said one tweet from Malviya.

"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.

Ms Irani also retweeted reactions of other netizens, including Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar who tweeted, "Desperate times call for desperate measures?"

After Mr Gandhi's recent visit to the U.S., the frequency of tweets and the number of followers of his official account had seen a massive increase.

Amid an all-out attack on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for allegedly using bots to popularise his tweets, he hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, this time defending Mersal, a Tamil film that ridicules the Goods and Services Tax and the Digital India campaign. He has also become more active on twitter and has been frequently taking digs at the central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 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".

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". 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 are important are the issue Mr Gandhi has been highlighting through his tweets.

As per the scrutiny done by ANI, these Twitter accounts show that their follower list is usually under 10 users and retweets comprise of random topics from across the world and those of Rahul Gandhi.

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