In the third part of its exclusive investigation, The Wire analyses the activities of a ‘Tek Fog’ operator who used the app to automate abuse and engineer Twitter trends to communalise public conversations on the platform and subject women reporters to abuse.
This is the third in a series of articles investigating claims behind the use of ‘Tek Fog’, a sophisticated app used by political operatives affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party to drive propaganda at scale in India. In previous parts, The Wire examined claims about the various social media manipulation techniques available to app operators, including the ability to hijack ‘inactive’ WhatsApp accounts and use them to disseminate messages on the encrypted chat app. In this part, we look at ways in which operators have used the app to drive pro-BJP and Hindutva propaganda on Twitter, among other social media platforms.
Ayushman Kaul and Devesh Kumar
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