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Al Jazeera – Witness: War, Lies and Hashtags: Pakistan’s Twitter Battles

02/07/2020

Jun 26, 2020

Farhan Virk is a household name in Pakistan’s Twittersphere. He is one of the country’s most controversial political influencers and claims he can make any hashtag trend nationally. A hyper-nationalist believed by many to be a state-sponsored troll, Virk commands Team Imran Khan, a Twitter army of more than 1,000 volunteers. When India-Pakistan tensions flare, Virk mounts an online attack. His wife, who also leads a giant cyber-army, hatches a plan to infiltrate mainstream news across India. But how long can this infamous couple survive on the thrill of online propaganda warfare? With bills mounting, the realities of adulthood are taking hold. Frustrated with financial instability but unable to give up his power on the internet, Virk comes up with another plan to monetise his digital base.

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