What the Tweet! Different Accounts Post the Same Tweets Over OROP

Hawk-eyed Twitter users noticed something rather peculiar amidst all the OROP chatter. 

Updated03 Nov 2016, 11:54 AM IST
India
3 min read

The suicide of ex-Armyman Ram Kishan Grewal has once again triggered the issue of One Rank One Pension. Questions are being raised about the government’s intent and the effective implementation of the pension scheme.

As a political battle brews on the streets of Jantar Mantar, Delhi and Bhiwani, Haryana over the issue, social media was not to be left out. Twitter was overflowing with support for the pensioners, with many questioning the delays in payment of the pension.

However, something peculiar was noticed as a couple of accounts came out in support of the government’s administration. All of the tweets were exactly the same.

#AgendaKyaHaiBhai?

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/crackwit/status/793701083717722112">@crackwit</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@crackwit)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ @subodh_srivstv)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ @subodh_srivstv)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/igot10on10">@igot10on10</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@igot10on10)


(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/igot10on10">@igot10on10</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@igot10on10)

Here’s The Catch(es):

1. Subodh K Srivastava, whose tweet we saw above as a screenshot, does not have an account anymore.

What the Tweet! Different Accounts Post the Same Tweets Over OROP

2. Twitter asked a relevant question: How does Subodh K Srivastava have a husband?

What the Tweet! Different Accounts Post the Same Tweets Over OROP

3. Shikha Bhattacharya, tweeted this (tweet still exists) earlier this year. Question raised on Twitter: Who gets a 9-day Eid break in India?

What the Tweet! Different Accounts Post the Same Tweets Over OROP

3. This image from Twitter shows an older Tweet from Shikha, quoting a different figure.

What the Tweet! Different Accounts Post the Same Tweets Over OROP
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/polticalquest/status/793898235744006144">@politicalquest</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@politicalquest)

The Jokes Begin



(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/Josa_in/status/793917165413859328">@Josa_in</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@Josa_in)


(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/Adilogics/status/794031689056059392">@Adilogics</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@Adilogics)

More Than Once?

This is not the first time that something like this has been pointed out, where accounts have been caught tweeting the same content.

AAP’s IT head Ankit Lal shared similar data in an article on DailyO, from when #UdtaKejriFundsUdtaPunjab was trending on Twitter.



Multiple accounts posting the same content. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.dailyo.in/politics/bjp-modi-bhakts-social-media-trolls-aap-kejriwal-thailand/story/1/11324.html">DailyO</a>)
Multiple accounts posting the same content. (Photo Courtesy: DailyO)

He also observed, through the tools available to him, that when #ModiInQatar was trending on Twitter, most of the active users that popped up were those of escort services.

Another trend that emerged was that most of the users had very few followers (say 7 or 8), but they all had one thing in common – they had each tweeted 1.2k times.

(PS: A topic needs to have about 1,200 tweets and 500 users to be considered a trend.)

Ankit and his team figured “that someone or some organisation had created around 150 users. They had got them to randomly follow a few other users and posted 1.2k tweets in all.”

(With inputs from DailyO)

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Published: 03 Nov 2016, 11:16 AM IST
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