The Congress party has launched a ”Join Congress Social Media” campaign, with a mission to save the country and counter the “toxic” troll army of the BJP IT cell. They have a goal to hire 5 lakh online warriors, to defend liberal values, ideas of compassion, peace, harmony, and affection.
Inviting all people to join the campaign, young and old, with no barriers to any citizen, this INC Social Media team will be expanded at every village, city, state, and national level in the country!
Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP, urged the people to join in the fight to defend the idea of India. The Congress party asks all to join hands and fulfill their obligation to protect India’s democracy and build a modern India by being part of the world’s largest democratic movement.
The Congress Party said,
“In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.”
– Bapu once said
Come, join the army of truth & love.
Come, defeat falsehood & hatred.
Come, be an INC SM warrior.”
Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader spoke in a video saying:
“As a young person, you could see what’s going on. Nothing is hidden. In your schools, universities, colleges, you can see the oppression. You can see the attack. Look outside Delhi, you can see what’s happening to the farmers. The backbone of this war on the nation is a troll army, thousands of people who spread hatred and anger and are paid to do so. We also need warriors to defend liberal values, to defend the ideas of compassion, peace, harmony, and affection. Come join this army, this is not an army of hatred, this is not an army of violence, this is an army of truth, this is an army that is going to defend the ideas of it. We are building this platform for you to give you the tools to fight this battle and win.
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— Saral Patel (@SaralPatel) February 8, 2021
This is indeed a unique move, spurred on by the noxious hate speech inflicted by the BJP IT cells over the last few years, which awakened many peace-loving neutral citizens out of slumber.
Dealing with online intolerance and hate speech is a rising issue. Hate speech refers to content that promotes violence against or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity.
The United Nations said in 2018, “Genocide is a process. The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers. It started with hate speech.”
Hate speech nearly always triggers riots. All lynching starts with hate speech either online ragging and hate or spoken negativity, which leads to violence on the streets.
A Microsoft study notes that India has seen a significant increase in hate speech, scams, frauds, and discrimination for online users in the last 3 to 4 years. Hate speech doubled from 2016 to 26 percent in 2020, along with a 5 percent increase in hoaxes, scams, and frauds since 2017 to 22 percent, and a 6 percent increase in discrimination from 2016 to 16 percent.
Joining as a Social Media Warrior to counter hate with an aim to dim the negative energy of trolls might prove to be an effective remedy to wash away divisions and anathema.