Ravi Dwivedi

Tek Fog App: An App With BJP Footprints for Cyber Troops to Automate Hate, Manipulate Trends

From the analysis of The Wire, Tek Fog is an app used by the Indian political party, BJP (Bhartiya Jasoos Party), to artificially inflate the popularity of the party, harass its critics and manipulate public perceptions at scale across major social media platforms. The app is used to manipulate trends on Twitter, by automatically sharing or retweeting posts, and promoting existing hashtags to trending levels, to make it look like some trends are more popular than they are. We came to know about this app from a whistleblower of the BJP IT Cell.

Tek Fog can also use inactive WhatsApp accounts to forward messages to their contacts to spread BJP’s propaganda. Further, the person whose account has been hijacked by the Tek Fog is accountable to spread the communal poison and BJP’s propaganda while they were not the ones to send it.

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