Maximum tweets targeting Shami were from Pakistani agencies
A coordinated agenda to selectively highlight the criticism faced by Mohammed Shami, particularly in a communal context.
The tweets criticizing Shami were not that visible and were limited to selective pages, just like for others, but tweets selectively attacking such criticism of Shami attained much greater visibility.
When further scrutiny and analysis of the targeted tweets was conducted by it was found that the handles trolling Shami, several were of Pakistani origin, and some were run by various agencies; showing that it was actually a weaponization of social media from predictable sources.
The pressure and the hype were created to such an extent that players like Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman, and others started tweeting in support of Shami. Tweets from veterans further resulted in giving a push to the one-sided biased narrative that Pakistan had peddled to stoke the ‘intolerance’ claim against India.
An account named Alitaza tweeted 28 abusive comments against Shami. Investigation shows that the account follows 15 people, all of which are Pakistanis.
A closer look into the handles that left the vicious comments against Shami at the very start exposes the true face of the trolling. The majority of tweets targeting Shami were from Pakistan.
This is a classic case of how social media is used to create a false narrative around India and alleged “religious intolerance” in the country.
Amidst the spate of targeted civilian killings in J&K by Pakistan sponsored terrorism
there was a strong chorus that opposed the idea of playing cricket with Pakistan.
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