Modi, Leading Politician on Twitter has 70 Percent Fake Followers
Bangalore: Social networking sites are playing a major role across India in persuading the urban electorate in more than 150 Lok Sabha constituencies. Narendra Modi and other political leaders are competing against one another to gain followers, reports Rishi K Manoj of ‘The Week’. But the interesting thing to note is that even though Modi appears to be the leading politician on twitter, 70 percent of his followers are fake.
Out of the total 543 constituencies, there are about 160 vulnerable, high impact constituencies which are likely to be influenced by social networking sites during the elections, states a joint study conducted by IRIS Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India.
According to the latest figures on Twitter, Modi looks to be way ahead of Shashi Tharoor, Union Minister, and also has the most followers with around 20,04,650 people following him.
Narendra Modi has recently started Twitter accounts in many other Indian Languages, apart from English. It is reported that the IT cell of BJP has been working to create followers in the regional accounts. A recent study conducted by a new media technology firm, www.nextbigwhat.com states that more than 70percent of the followers of Narendra Modi are ‘Fake’. About 4.13 lakh accounts are ‘inactive’, according to the study using latest software technology.
Many other politicians are also being followed by fake profiles, along with Modi. These profiles are being used in social networking sites to persuade the voters.
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