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PM Narendra Modi’s Demonetisation Move on November 8 was the most significant moment on Twitter in 2016

The government's flagship programme #MakeInIndia was one of the most popular hashtag trends of the year

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New Delhi, December 6, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move on November 8 was the most significant moment on Twitter in 2016. The social network recorded 650,000 tweets in 24 hours following the announcement and millions more tweets in the following weeks, the company announced on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli’s tweet in support of actor Anushka Sharma was the ‘Golden Tweet’ of 2016.

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“He encouraged his fans and critics, who attributed his outstanding performance in the ICC World T20 to their break-up, to focus instead on empathy and community building,” Twitter said in a statement.

Women athletes P.V. Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar won a million hearts on Twitter during the Rio Olympics, making #Rio2016 the top hashtag trend of the year.

With seven of the top 10 hashtags this year related to the #Rio2016 Olympics and #WT20 cricket, sports dominated the trending Twitter conversations for the nation.

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The government’s flagship programme #MakeInIndia was also one of the most popular hashtag trends of the year with its global appeal.

The list of the most followed Indians on Twitter in 2016 saw Modi (@NarendraModi) finally reaching the top position with 25.2 million followers (as on December 5), by adding a whopping 8.8 million followers this year alone.

Right behind Modi are Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan with 23.8 million followers, and Shah Rukh Khan with 22.4 million followers. Priyanka Chopra, who has earned international fame, has 15.7 million followers on Twitter.

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“Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan graced his fans on Twitter with his presence by joining the platform on Republic Day. The actor made a memorable first tweet with a video of him singing the national anthem, composed by veteran music director Ilayaraja,” Twitter said.

Haasan garnered over 30,000 followers in 24 hours, which was a reflection of the admiration and support he receives from his fans. (IANS)

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About 25% Tweets Regarding Climate Change are Produced by Bots, Reveals Study

The study could not identify the people responsible for setting up the bots that were trained to post climate denial messages on Twitter

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The researchers found that only five per cent of tweets advocating action to protect the environment were produced by bots. Pixabay

A lot of messages denying the effects of global warming might actually have been written by bots as new research from Brown University in the US found that about 25 per cent of the tweets about climate change that they analysed were produced by automated accounts.

Bots are non-personal or automated accounts that post content to social media platforms.

While the findings of the study are yet to be published, The Guardian newspaper reported them after seeing the draft study.

The results suggest that online conversations about climate change are often distorted due to the activities of the bots.

According to a report in the BBC on Saturday, the research team at Brown University analysed 6.5 million tweets from around the time US President Donald Trump revealed his intention to remove the US from the Paris climate accord in 2017.

The analysis showed a quarter of tweets on climate change were likely posted by bots.

“These findings suggest a substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denials messages about climate change, including support for Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement,” stated the draft study, according to The Guardian.

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A lot of messages denying the effects of global warming might actually have been written by bots as new research from Brown University in the US found that about 25 per cent of the tweets about climate change that they analysed were produced by automated accounts. Pixabay

The study could not identify the people responsible for setting up the bots that were trained to post climate denial messages on Twitter.

For the study, the researchers used a tool from Indiana University called Botometer, which uses an algorithm to assign a score to Twitter accounts based upon the likelihood they are automated.

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The researchers found that only five per cent of tweets advocating action to protect the environment were produced by bots. (IANS)