A Global Guide To State-Sponsored Trolling

All over the world, governments are fashioning digital hate mobs to squelch dissent.

The Indian version of the trolling toolkit included strategies meant to inflame sectarian differences, malign the Muslim minority and portray Modi as savior of the Hindus, according to Mahaveer Prasad Khileri, who used to work in BJP’s IT Cell.

Supervisors would set themes for the day and specify targets to attack. Khileri and 300 other paid trolls would create memes or cut-and-paste Twitter posts that were sent to WhatsApp groups of tens of thousands of party loyalists. Their reposts sent hashtags viral in minutes.