After Alt News exposé, Google doc with trending instructions for #DemonetisationSuccess hashtag is deleted

Trend Alert: #DemonetisationSuccess. Date: 31st August; Time: 4.30 PM“. The Google doc file proceeded to provide the list of tweets that the BJP social media army, MPs and ministers faithfully shared on Twitter starting 4.30 pm on August 31st. After the RBI report revealed that 99% of the demonetised currency notes had come back, BJP social media army was joined by ministers to create an artificial buzz around the hashtag, #DemonetisationSuccess. Alt News video exposé deconstructed this copy-paste tweeting and traced the Google doc file that provided instructions and template to tweet.

The Google doc which contained the trending instructions has now been deleted. However, a screenshot of the document can be seen on Google.

Twitter Trend: #DemonetisationSuccess

This is not the first time that BJP has mobilised an online army for perception management. Alt News found several such Google doc files with a similar pattern. The files provided the date and time and a list of tweets in English and Hindi that had to be tweeted. Many of these files have now been deleted. Here are a few examples and screenshots of these templates:

Case 1: #MyNewIndia

Just like in the case of #DemonetisationSuccess, multiple ministers tweeted as part of the pre-planned #MyNewIndia trend. The corresponding Google Docs file is available here. The tweets posted by various handles match the document.

Here are the tweets by official Twitter account of BJP Maharashtra.

#MyNewIndia tweets

Here is the screenshot of the same tweets available in the Google Doc.

Case 2: #TrumpCardModi

Did you think that the appreciation on social media for Modi’s US trip was spontaneous? The #TrumpcardModi tweets were carefully crafted and instructions were followed by the ministers who copy-pasted them. The Google doc file for this trend has now been deleted but we managed to find an instance of it being shared on Facebook.

Trend Alert #TrumpCardModi

Many ministers put out messages on social media with the #TrumpCardModi hashtag.

Ministers tweeting with #TrumpCardModi hashtag

Case 3: #DBTImpact

#DBTImpact hashtag was even used by PMOIndia Twitter account. However, his wasn’t among one of the template tweets. However, multiple Ministers, BJP leaders and official BJP Twitter accounts used template tweets for this trend. Even though the Google Doc for this trend has been deleted, we managed to get a backup of the document.

DBTIMpact Google Doc

Multiple people in the BJP Machinery copy-pasted the template tweets to make the hashtag trend.

#DBImpact Trends

Case 4: #GSTForCommonMan

Yet another Twitter trend #GSTForCommon man also had template tweets from a Google Doc. However, the Google doc for this trend has been deleted. We managed to find a Facebook handle sharing the aforesaid Google Doc.

#GSTForCommonMan

Again, the entire BJP machinery including ministers tweeted tailor-made tweets.

#GSTForCommonMan

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Using social media influencers and agencies for propaganda is not something new. It is not surprising to find that #DemonetisationSuccess was one such carefully planned campaign in reaction to the questions being raised about the gains of demonetisation after the RBI report. However, it was a little shocking to find even MPs and ministers tweeting as per the template and the brazenness with which this was done. People on social media follow political leaders for their original thoughts and vision, and not for their bot-like behaviour.

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Ed Ray
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Alt News has provided a great service to the Indian people by exposing BJP’s shameless Twitter fraud to contradict & nullify the established failure of Modi’s Demonetisation (reported by RBI). It’s shocking that India’s PM won’t acknowledge his massive mistake that led to so much misery for ordinary people and to 100 deaths. Modi said he would accept punishment from the people if the Scheme failed. But it’s shocking that he won’t even admit failure. What does that say of the PM’s character and integrity ? Ministers and high officials were also persuaded (or coerced?) into tweeting lies under the… Read more »
Mohammad Masum
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Thank you #altnews for the great rigorous service.
Keep exposing the evil 😈 power of the country. The youth are with u.

Dsouza
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Sir, all of us in India praise you for exposing all the tricks used by all political parties. Thank you for this wonderful article.

Ahamed Shariff
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Well done Altnews👌…….we need this type of daring and working for justice news portals…….God bless this portal.

Raj Baral
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ना कर नादॉनी तू मुझे कमज़ोर समझने की
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shame to BJP for serving Jumla tweets to beautiful India….

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