Around 1,079 Pakistani Twitter handles being used to spread hate speech around Citizenship Amendment Act
In the last few weeks, more than 1,079 Twitter accounts were created in Pakistan to spread hate speech around Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to a report prepared by cybersecurity company Innefu Labs, which works closely with government and enforcement agencies, including the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The report, which is available exclusively with Tech2, shows that Pakistan is the hotspot and point of origin of hate speech and anti-India narrative aiming to destabilise social harmony and create internal conflict, by calling India a “terror state” and a “Nazi” country.
In fifteen days, ending 23 December, 2019, hashtags, influencers and bots were used to spread anti-national content using social media.
Some of the hashtags were used to originate the hate speeches and others were used to post propaganda videos, misinformation, and police brutality.
“They work in two phases — first by creating a hashtag and then using their activists to bring it in the trending list,” said Tarun Wig, co-founder and CTO of Innefu Labs, which used uses data analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to track and flag off cybercrimes.
The list of Pakistani Twitter handles investigated by Innefu Labs
The accounts’ and the bots’ objective is to increase negative sentiment and radicalise Muslims against the bill. The accounts projected the CAA as communal law. The report also said that attempts were made, using these accounts and bots, to start countrywide protests. These accounts were also used to share a series of videos and posts against police brutality.
“There is a gradual rise in the use of the internet by Pakistani outfits,” said Wig. “They have become very active with an increase in their workforce by outfits like Social Media activist or SM activist, and PCF (Pak Cyber Force).”
Though it is difficult to find out which are the organisations behind these accounts and bots, Wig has witnessed a gradual rise of such groups on the internet.
Can someone with on twitter bring this to tha attention of right wing twitteratis .
I’m paying this bitch on both these plateforms
Need to stop this ASAP.
@vipul @RISING SUN @Jaymax @Volcano @safriz and @Arsalan123 as a true pakistani its your duty too. She is doing namak harami bro
BTW the original song is already banned on YT on the request of some Turkish official. It is euloging a lot of killed terrorist who have killed not just army men but also unarmed Kashmiris, like Burhaan Wani, Adil Ahmad, Waseem XYz etc.