Twitter recorded a growing interest in Gujarat politics as conversations related to the state election rose 20 percent in the past month, the micro-blogging platform said. Twitter also announced to launch initiatives during the #GujaratElection2017, like real-time updates on the campaign trail, connecting voters to politicians on key election issues and a special election emoji. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?
Available till December 22, the election emoji can be activated using hashtags like #GujaratElection2017, #GujaratElection, #BattleforGujarat or #ElectionCaravan. Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
“As citizens gear up for the upcoming elections in the state, Twitter has empowered real-time conversations among Gujaratis and the larger Indian diaspora around the world,” Mahima Kaul, Head-Public, Policy and Government, Twitter India, said in a statement. “We encourage users to exchange dialogue in a shared, global townhall experience on Twitter,” she added. Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned