- 9 months ago
Social media is shaping politics across the world, and perhaps nowhere more so than in India. And, as in the US, the head of government's Twitter has become a key factor in political debates.
According to journalist Swati Chaturvedi, author of "I Am A Troll," India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi also uses Twitter as his preferred means of communication.
"He tweets as much as Trump — he's obsessed with it. It's replaced mainstream media," she says. "Just as we wake up to Trump tweetstorms, [we do the same with] Narendra Modi. In some ways, Narendra Modi is the father of what Trump is now doing."
Chaturvedi has investigated how the BJP, Modi's political party, has made control of social media debate a priority. According to her research, the party uses large teams of volunteers and activists to amplify the prime minister's message on Twitter and other platforms. Chaturvedi says she is particularly disturbed by the way pro-government Twitter accounts resort to threats and trolling of thos