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🗞 Media coverage:
**1. Firstpost: https://www.firstpost.com/india/amid-anti-caa-protests-this-coder-amplified-anti-establishment-voices-by-taking-down-1-6-lakh-bots-that-disrupted-twitter-trends-7898331.html
Deccan Chronicle: https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/020120/hyderabad-bots-continue-to-haunt-twitter.html
Economic Times: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/the-fierce-digital-battle-over-caa/articleshow/73408234.cms**
On September 19, I started carefully noticing replies on some popular tweets. There were three kinds of responses on those tweets:
- Tweets by user's followers or other verified accounts.
- Tweets by popular troll and/or anonymous accounts.
- Tweets by other unknown accounts.
I was interested in the third group. Several questions popped in my mind:
- What’s the lifetime of such unknown accounts?
- Are there any activity on such accounts when something significant is not trending?
- If yes, what do they post at dormant periods?
- If no, what is the trigger point for these accounts to become active?
- Do they tweet more or retweet more? What’s the percentage? Which account’s, do they retweet most from?
- Do these accounts only follow people from one mindset (Right-leaning users following Right-leaning accounts), or do they follow more people from their opposing mindset (Right-leaning users following Left-leaning accounts and vice versa)?
- Do they interact with one another?
- Do they reply with a new tweet, if someone influential replies to them?
- What words they frequently use in their tweets?
- How is their hold on the language? Is English broken? Do they tweet in Hindi often?
- What’s the engagement level on their tweets?
- Do they consistently use hashtags?