Social media manipulation and trend management of Kathua incident

I have no soft corner for any heinous criminals. Nor do I support the heinous crimes of journalists of crying wolf, at a time that suits them. But, this guy @WrongDoc on Twitter just spent 30 minutes and was able to call the bluff around this crime and the media/political propaganda, which is being spun to make fools out of common citizens. Read on!

See how the Kathua twitter activity started trending – how this is a social media manipulation and trend management.

I checked the Twitter Trend statistics for and found that it peaked interest late on 9th April 2018. The day ‘s farce of a fast was ridiculed. The Kathua case happened in January 2018.

This is the last three months twitter activity of Kathua hashtag. The crime was discovered and first arrest made on 19th January- so it takes in account the whole timeline. See when the interest peaked?


The Twitter activity started with This tweet according to analysis. The handle belongs to a journalist who works for – which is run by . This was the kindling.

Next influential tweet about Kathua comes from Barkha. Then and then you can see the following order.

These are the handles that chronologically followed tweeting in synchronicity about Kathua, after this dog whistle was sent out from Print Journo of Shekhar Gupta and Barkha of Quint.

Tweet activity started as clockwork with synchronised timing at 2:30 pm (time zone reference may change actual time) on 12th and 13th April. On 12th April by 7:30 pm the activity was dead but by 13th it grew into real people outraging- the manipulation was successful.

I again checked the chronicity of tweets for last 3 months- to include the full timeline of the crime’s course. No significant interest in twitter outrage before trigger on 9th and 10th.

This is the world-map of influence about Kathua tweets in last 3 months. Interestingly, Russia features here!


As I give it some time, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Senegal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan (naturally!) Phillipines also start lighting up on the tracker.


I’m not discrediting or denying your emotions and rage about the Kathua case. You are right to feel angry, I feel much the same. But what exactly are you angry about? Who are you letting use your anger?

Blood and bones of Asifa Bano are being ground up to fertilize your anger, your emotions. Your anger and emotions are being harvested to feed the political hunger of people who go on symbolic fast. Don’t feed their greed now, or they sure will sacrifice another one another day.

This emotional manipulation and outrage harvest are the tools of social media propaganda. This is what Zuckerberg admitted to selling. This is what Twitter is doing, knowingly or otherwise. This is why there was a Hand on the wall of the Cambridge Analytica office.

Don’t you feel fucking stupid, outraging about Cambridge Analytica one day and falling victim to engineered social media outrage harvesting your emotions over the carcass of a child the very next day? Did you think the data harvesters wanted to see your selfies??

All credits of this write-up go to Be’Havin!‏ @WrongDoc.


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