India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused of running a fraudulent campaign on Twitter to support people on a controversial citizenship law.
It should be noted that in December last year, the Indian government passed a controversial law that would allow people coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to be granted citizenship to those who are not Muslims. Massive protests had begun.
Critics say the law is a prelude to registering citizens as legal citizens, which fears India's 20 million Muslims will be non-state because many poor citizens do not have the documents to prove their nationality. ۔
At least 27 people have been killed and several injured as a result of clashes with police in recent protests, while several prominent social leaders, television actors have been detained.
On January 4, 2020, the Indian government discovered a new source of public support for the matter.
India's Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday tweeted a phone number and urged citizens to call the number and express their support for the CAA law.
Now thousands of people in India, most of them from the BJP, are spreading this phone number on Twitter promising that anyone who calls this number will get job opportunities, free mobile data, Netflix. Password will be provided instead of 'lonely women'.
Even Netflix India had to react via Twitter.
According to the Huffington Post India, the move is part of a new strategy by the BJP to win support for the controversial law.
According to Boom Live, a fact-checking organization based in India, most of the people who spread the numbers were from the ruling party.
This is not the first time the BJP has used Twitter aggressively to spread its views.
In 2017, a report said that several political hashtags emerged on India's Top 10 Twitter Trends, which were part of organized campaigns.
Twitter has not yet received a response in this regard