Trend Alert: A Cross-Platform Organization Manipulated Twitter Trends in the Indian General Election

@article{Jakesch2021TrendAA,
  title={Trend Alert: A Cross-Platform Organization Manipulated Twitter Trends in the Indian General Election},
  author={Maurice Jakesch and Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella and Dean Eckles and Mor Naaman},
  journal={Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction},
  year={2021},
  volume={5},
  pages={1 - 19}
}
Political organizations worldwide keep innovating their use of social media technologies. In the 2019 Indian general election, organizers used a network of WhatsApp groups to manipulate Twitter trends through coordinated mass postings. We joined 600 WhatsApp groups that support the Bharatiya Janata Party, the right-wing party that won the general election, to investigate these campaigns. We found evidence of 75 hashtag manipulation campaigns in the form of mobilization messages with lists of… 
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