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Around 18,000 Twitter Handles Spread FAKE NEWS for BJP, 147 Do It For Congress: Study

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The study claimed that for each pro-Congress handle spreading propaganda and fake news on Twitter, there are 120 doing the same for the BJP.

The study has been conducted by a user on Reddit who goes by the name ‘/u/onosmosis’. The Reddit user claims to have analyzed lakhs of Twitter accounts which are unverified to identify these trends in online misinformation.

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The study was conducted by the use of algorithms and it has identified around 4 lakh Twitter handles that have a clear political leaning. Amongst the 4 lakh, around 1.2 lakh of these accounts were verified as pro-Congress and remaining as pro-BJP.

These accounts were used as a launchpad to spread misinformation and false propaganda. While there are only 147 accounts doing so for Congress, the study identified 18,000 accounts doing the same for BJP.

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The user who conducted the study stays anonymous to stay away from getting trolled or attacked by anyone. But it is believed that he/she works as a Software Engineer at a tech-startup and is working to develop a platform for content management and sharing.

The study mainly focused on identifying unverified politically-oriented accounts, because according to the study conductor, “This accounts spread hate, abuse, and false information in larger volume than verified accounts.”

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He/She made use of some algorithms to shortlist those that checked certain boxes. The study eventually shortlisted over 3.9 lakh unverified Twitter accounts with a clear leaning to any of the political parties especially BJP and Congress.

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