Twitter Analysis: Identifying a Pro-BJP Copypasta Influence Operation in India
A Pro-BJP and Pro-Modi network of Twitter accounts are attempting to influence the narrative of politically sensitive topics in India with newly created accounts posting the same text and amplifying specific hashtags.
The content amplified is supportive of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The influence operation attempts to artificially distort the narrative on issues such as the farmers’ debate and discredit opposing parties.
This is not the first time Pro-BJP content has been identified as attempting to influence social media narratives on political issues. In the past the BJP, through its IT Cell, has been alleged to have exploited online communication methods to influence voters, as well as coordinate influence and automate Twitter activity for hashtag manipulation….