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Research interests: #Bigdata #Masculinities #Communication #SNA #Misinformation | PhDing @ohiou| @ourANU alum| Former Advisor Research @UNFPA
Apr 11, 2022 11 tweets 3 min read
#PTI supporters manipulated the platform and propagated the hashtag #امپورٹڈ_حکومت_نامنظور Imported government rejected) through inorg activity. A sample of 100,000 tweets shows original posters’ number was ~32,000. That might be the reason y the # didn’t appear on world panel. I am collecting multiple datasets by using different platforms to cross check these initial findings.
Jun 8, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour detected on Pakistani Twitter.
Last week, 3 hashtags trended on top panel in Pak.
#1 #PakistanStandsWithShahab
#2 #IstandwithHamidMir
#3 #IstandWithAsmaShirazi
First one was propagated inorganically. 23,000 tweets were sent with #1 by 7,500 users. 11,500 tweets with #2 by 6500 users & 20,000 tweets with #3 by 10,500 users.
The network analysis reveals that tweeps engaged in propagating #1 were involved in Coordinated Inauthentic Behaviour (CIB). Dense connections
Jun 3, 2021 22 tweets 6 min read
Criticising #Malala or longing for #MiaKhalifa? Men's response to #MalalaOnMarriage

A long thread containing inferences from Twitter data. 1/n To me what Malala said about marriage can be contested on cultural and religious grounds but as an adult human being it’s her ultimate right to make choices for her personal relationship.
I collected data against trends #Malala & #MiaKhalifa 2/n
Mar 9, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
Digital Gender Divide
A Thread
Digital space is expanding in Pakistan but this expansion is not gender-equal. Pakistan is among countries where gender gap is the highest regarding mobile phone ownership and mobile internet use. Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (PDHS 2018) 1/11 is a government survey that is conducted regularly to see progress in demographic areas. It has a section that captured digital divide among men and women of Pakistan. According to latest PDHS, only 12% of the surveyed women, aged 15-49, used internet during last 2/11
Sep 13, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
A hashtag appeared on panel asking for public hangings of rapists. I did initial data comparison of people who participated in this hashtag and various other hashtags. I found that
1) 27% users who were propagating "a woman shouldn't travel without a Mehram escorting her" demanded public hangings of rapists.
2) 13% of "Travel with Mehram" advocates used abusive word "Randi" in their recent tweets while addressing some women on social media.
3) Out of users of "Randi" word in their recent tweets, 13% asked for public hangings
Jun 23, 2020 16 tweets 4 min read
Twitter & Propaganda:
In Pakistan, the use of social media is on rise. However, there are contradictory views on usage-percentage of each social medium, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest. According to estimates of AlphaPro there were 35 million social media users in Pakistan by March 2018. Out of 35 million 92% were Facebook users. Percentage of Twitter users was 0.1%. However, according to estimates of GlobalStats Stat Counter, the percentage of Twitter users in Pakistan by March 2019 was 5%. Five percent users make 1.75 million
Jun 5, 2020 23 tweets 6 min read
سیاسی و سماجی رویے اور Cognitive Dissonance
ہم سب زندگی میں کبھی نہ کبھی Cognitive Dissonance کا شکار ہوتے ہیں۔ یہ کوئی نفسیاتی بیماری نہیں بلکہ ایک قدرتی نفسیات کا حصہ ہے۔لیکن اس کو سمجھنا بہت ضروری ہے۔ یہ ہماری فیصلہ سازی کو منفی طور پر متاثر کر سکتی ہے۔ نوٹ: تحریر تھوڑی لمبی ہے مگر سماجی نفسیات کو سمجھنے کے لئیے کارآمد ہو سکتی ہے۔

دیکھتے ہیں Cognitive Dissonance کیا ہوتی ہے؟
جب عقیدے، رویے یا برتاو آپس میں میل نہ کھاتے ہوں تو ایک ذہنی کشمکش اور بے چینی کی کیفیت پیدا ہوتی ہے۔ اس کیفیت کو Cognitive Dissonance کہا جاتا ہے۔
Jan 17, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Two days back a derogatory hashtag was propagated against @sanabucha. This was done by a young troll team who is struggling to capture its "share" in online marketing. Like predecessors, this team is also trying to mark their presence with propaganda hashtags. #Propaganda Somehow Pakistani youth have found a way to earn name and money through "online marketing". The easiest & safest way is to do this is by running derogatory hashtags about someone while showing affiliation to #PTI or #Army. Over the period I have found that these troll teams