Research firm uncovers anti-Pakistan Twitter trends from fake accounts

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According to a research report published by the research firm View lytics, the trend of “Sanction Pakistan” has been directed against the country using 80% fake accounts on Twitter.

Additionally, the research firm said this trend started in June 2021 with 4 fake accounts, followed by 23 fake accounts. About 200,000 tweets were made from August 1-8, after which the reality of this Twitter trend was exposed. According to the research report, the hashtag “Sanction Pakistan” first appeared on June 30, 2021, in which 23 tweets were created in 1 hour using 4 fake accounts, and in July 2021, an average of 400 tweets and retweets appeared.

Research firm uncovers anti-Pakistan Twitter trends from fake accounts

When the desired results were not achieved, efforts were made in August to further promote this trend and fake profiles were widely used. In addition, 10,000 tweets, retweets or replies were received from August 1 to 8, while over 200,000 tweets, retweets and replies appeared on August 9, and this trend started to show in Pakistan, India and in the United Arab Emirates. When we look at just the top 20 Twitter profiles most exposed to this hashtag, it turns out that 80% of them were fake.

Behind these accounts were the same 4 profiles who used this hashtag for the first time. The research company said that this trend has spread further through other fake profiles instead of those profiles to prevent the Twitter algorithm from recognizing the fake trends and banning the profiles. In addition, out of 4 fake accounts promoting the hashtag ‘Sanction Pakistan’, 3 accounts were created this year while one of the accounts was created a long time ago.

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