Trolling for votes, April 1
R.AGE broke the story on the war of the political “cybertroopers” ahead of the 13th general election, after discovering campaign volunteers (from both sides of the political divide) were being paid several thousand ringgit to create hundreds of fake social media accounts, with the sole purpose of attacking rival political parties. It all descended into an ugly battle of personal insults, character assassinations, foul language and threats of violence and rape. But when we took the story to our Twitter account for a #RAGEchat, we found young Malaysians to be completely unmoved by such tactics. They’re smarter than that – a million trolls aren’t gonna convince them to vote for you if you don’t walk the talk.