Analyzing suspended Twitter network in India

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Published: 11:54 PM, 22 Sep, 2022
 Analyzing suspended Twitter network in India
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A cross-disciplinary program studying the abuse of the Internet and providing thoughtful policy and technical solutions has shared an analysis of a pro-Indian army covert influence operation on Twitter.

 “Today we are publishing a report analyzing a suspended Twitter network that likely originated in India,” the Stanford Internet Observatory tweets.

Shelby Grossman, Emily Tianshi, David Thiel, and Renée DiResta authored the report titled ‘My Heart Belongs to Kashmir: An Analysis of a Pro-Indian Army Covert Influence Operation on Twitter'.  

The introduction states: “This suspended network promoted the activities of the Indian Army, particularly in Kashmir, and criticized Pakistan and China.

“Two accounts in particular, @KashmirTraitors and @KashmirTraitor1, stood out for targeting individuals deemed anti-India. While we were not able to determine who ran these suspended Twitter accounts, we note that official Chinar Corps Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts were temporarily suspended in the past, and Indian Army officials told reporters that the stated reason for the Facebook and Instagram suspensions was Meta’s policy on coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

“The content of the Twitter network discussed in this report was consistent with the objectives of the Chinar Corps. This suspended network is large and political. Our report only scratches the surface. We encourage researchers – particularly those who are members of the new Twitter Moderation Research Consortium - to dig further into this network.

“We also encourage researchers and reporters with expertise in India and Pakistan to further study @KashmirTraitors and @KashmirTraitor1; the latter has been heavily archived on archive”

The findings stated the suspended network promoted the activities of the Indian Army, particularly in Kashmir, and criticized Pakistan and China.

“Two accounts, in particular, @KashmirTraitors and @KashmirTraitor1, stood out for targeting individuals deemed anti-India.  While we were not able to determine who ran these suspended Twitter accounts, we note that official Chinar Corps Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts were temporarily suspended in the past, and Indian Army officials told reporters that the stated reason for the Facebook and Instagram suspensions was Meta’s policy on coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

“The content of the Twitter network discussed in this report was consistent with the objectives of the Chinar Corps. This suspended network is large and political. Our report only scratches the surface. We encourage researchers – particularly those who are members of the new Twitter Moderation Research Consortium—to dig further into this network.

“We also encourage researchers and reporters with expertise in India and Pakistan to further study @KashmirTraitors and @KashmirTraitor1; the latter has been heavily archived on archive. ” it concluded.