By now most of us know about the influence of social media on the mindsets of the people and how political parties use it to manipulate their thoughts and views. However, fewer people have an idea about the scale on which it is being implemented in India. Thousands of individuals work daily and they are nothing but political bots according to this study. The social media troops try to influence the minds of the Millenials by amplifying hate speeches and use advanced tools to manipulate and spread different types of content.
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If someone trolls you on bullies you on social media using bad words, derogatory speech then they might be a paid supporter of a particular party. As a result, you need not engage your emotions and waste your time on arguing with such people who will only try to pull you down even if you are giving honest views, opinions or suggestions. This troll army is huge and you cannot battle with the single-handedly, the experts say.
As per the study which is titled ‘2019 Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation’, the cyber army of India is of medium size which means that there are thousands of full-time workers who are online 24/7 at any given time. These full-time employees of political parties not only control the data and information but also influence and manipulate young minds in a systematic way.
The irony is that these people not only target individuals who express their thoughts and views but they are also responsible for spreading fake news, manipulated content, and hate speeches across the internet world. These IT cell workers not only target common people but they also target the celebrities and ruthlessly troll their tweets and posts. These people show little sensitivity over issues as they are getting paid for the job they are doing. Therefore, we can say that amidst the rapidly falling employment rate and slowing down of the economy, a tiny ratio of the population might be managing their finances by spreading false news and propaganda.
The study also highlighted in India, foreign operations are also carried out in a secretive manner using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Only a few countries are indulged in such operations, seven to be exact, the reports say. It also says that along with China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela, and Iran, India also tries to lure a global audience through social media channels. Among the other revelations that were done through this study, the report also states that Sri Lankan social media troops got trained in India and apart from the humans even bots have been employed by the political parties.