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Troll armies, ‘deepfake’ porn videos and violent threats. How Twitter became so toxic for India’s w…


New Delhi, India — Sitting on a wicker chair in her East Delhi office, Kavita Krishnan readjusts her glasses and scrolls through Twitter, surveying the latest slew of abusive messages. In a nearby room, her cat purrs.

Waving her free hand as she clutches her phone with the other, Krishnan reads a collection of offensive tweets she’s compiled, categorized by the type of trolling.

“These trolls … they are going after me regularly, routinely, for my skin color, for my looks, telling me I’m not worth raping, what kind of torture and rape I should be subjected to, telling me what kind of men I should be sleeping with … and on and on and on, more and more,” Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association and a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, tells CNN.

“There is an organized army of far-right trolls on Indian social media, which belong to the ruling party, they are basically trained to target you for anything,” she adds.

CNN has made multiple attempts to reach the BJP’s social media spokesperson for comment on these claims.

Kavita Krishnan
Trolling has become embedded in the fabric of political life globally, but perhaps nowhere more than in India, home to the world’s biggest democracy. Modi, second only to President Donald Trump as the most followed world leader on Twitter, has been slammed by members of the public and opposition politicians for following trolls from his personal account. And his party has frequently been accused of…



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