The #BoycottIndianProducts trend on Arab Twitter was the work of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt with troll handles in Qatar, Turkey and Pakistan, fueling the campaign against India, according to a report from Disinfo Lab.
On its website, Disinfo Lab describes itself as “a separate legal entity with the motive of exposing false news and propaganda aimed at sowing public concern.”
According to the report, the trend was started by the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood after a man was killed in police gunfire during a deportation campaign in Assam, but the trigger was an excuse to harm economic interests from India. He adds that handfuls in Pakistan and Turkey have pushed the hashtag further using fake videos and distorting the facts.
The report goes on to say that the real target of the campaign was Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who has cordial relations with India. He said the “Qatar-Pakistan-Turkey link” was aimed at Saudi Arabia to “control the Islamic world”.
He said a similar campaign had also been launched against France to bring the “nexus” to center stage in the Islamic world to “create an exclusionary economy of gigantic proportions”.
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