Trolling for votes, April 1

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE -

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.

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