Twitter 'bots': Rajyavardhan Rathore joins war on Rahul Gandhi, says fake followers is like 'doping'

BJP leaders such as Union sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani trolled Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over reports on fake followers boosting his Twitter presence.

Reacting to the media reports, Rathore tweeted: "In sports, this would come under ‘Doping’.... hey wait! does ‘dope’ remind you of someone".

Twitter bots: Rajyavardhan Rathore joins war on Rahul Gandhi, says fake followers is like doping

File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Media reports on Saturday suggested that one of the reasons behind Rahul Gandhi's increase in Twitter following over the last few months could be automated bots mass retweeting Gandhi's tweets. The alleged bots with a Russian, Kazakh or Indonesian feature indicate that fake followers were retweeting the Congress vice-president's tweets, according to The Economic Times. A closer inspection of the Twitter accounts showed they had less than 10 followers and retweeted random subjects from around the world, including those of Rahul Gandhi. The timelines were also filled with just retweets and no original tweets. Soon after the issue of "bots" retweeting Gandhi's tweets gained traction, '#RahulWaveInKazakh' began trending on Twitter. Union minister Smriti Irani reacted to it as well and tweeted: "Perhaps @OfficeOfRG planning to sweep polls in Russia, Indonesia & Kazakhstan ?? #RahulWaveInKazakh"

In the last three months, Gandhi has gained more than one million followers on the microblogging site. The Congress party on Friday responded saying the reason behind it was that his tweets laced with satire were resonating with the people of the country.

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Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 22:17:41 IST

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