Fake Twitter accounts abuse Adani critics and spread pro-fossil-fuel content
A network of Twitter accounts are trolling critics of fossil-fuel giant Adani while also promoting pro-Adani and fossil-fuel content.
Crikey has found more than 25 accounts that appear to be part of a digital “astroturfing” operation — an attempt to fake grassroots support on social media for a cause.
At first glance, they appear to belong to ordinary people tweeting about a range of interests including celebrities, sport, space and travel. However, each one also regularly tweets specific, pointed attacks at individuals and media outlets that have criticised Adani, and amplified positive news about it or its founder, Gautam Adani. And experts who’ve looked at the tweets suggest there is some coordination.