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Last week, The Wire revealed the existence of a highly sophisticated secret app called ‘Tek Fog’, used by cyber troops affiliated with India’s ruling party to hijack major social media and encrypted messaging platforms. The 20-month-long investigation shows how the app automates hate and targeted harassment, spreads propaganda and is a marriage of big tech and dirty politics.
The scale and sophistication of Tek Fog’s features outlined in this series offer a springboard from which to understand the use of automated propaganda online and its role in engineering public discourse by state and corporate actors in India.
Watch a discussion on the topic between Sophie Zhang, Billy Perrigo, Robert Baptiste, Tarunima Prabhakar, V. Anand and Sagarika Ghose, along with The Wire‘s journalists.