Chavista troop boosts Alex Saab’s trend ahead of his Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Chavista troop boosts Alex Saab’s trend ahead of his Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Published on 14 Feb 2023

PoliTwitter Venezuela from 06 to 12 February 2023

  • Between the week of February 6 and 12, 20 sociopolitical trending topics were positioned on Twitter in Venezuela, totaling around 9,975,386 tweets.
  • The MIPPCI promoted half of the week’s trends and these generated 97.27% of the accumulated tweets. On average at least 96.51% of these were made inauthentically.

From February 6 to 12, the conversation on Twitter within Venezuela was charged by sociopolitical trends, mostly driven by the Chavista apparatus which has been orchestrating for years a coordinated campaign to dominate the conversation on the networks.

During the seven days of the week, the MIPPCI managed to promote and position tags related mostly to the Caribbean Series and with messages in favor of the Government’s public policies. However, it is worth highlighting the interest in promoting the hashtag #AlexNobelDeLaPaz on Monday, February 6.

We tell you what happened

Al Mayadeen‘s news about Alex Saab’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize was replicated on the morning of February 6 on Twitter by the Venezuela News portal, and replicated by spokespersons of the #FreeAlexSaab movement, such as Roi López Rivas.

According to our data, on the morning of February 6 at 08:00 a.m. we identified in ProBox the hashtag #AlexNobelDeLaPaz positioned as a trend with just over 8,000 tweets.

The message that initiates the request to promote this trend refers to the official nomination of Saab as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, by the Tunisian League of Human Rights, with a video of VTV.

However, the real momentum of the trend in favor of Alex Saab’s nomination was generated at 1:24 p.m. that same day, when the Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information (MIPPCI) promoted the same hashtag. This triggered the trend that managed to accumulate more than 314 thousand tweets.

Our analysis showed that at least 94.19% of the messages with the hashtag #AlexNobelDeLaPaz were made by automated or inauthentically coordinated accounts; being the word “hashtag” one of the most used in the tweets that used #AlexNobelDeLaPaz.

Were there organic trends?

Yes, although they were not the majority. At least two socio-political trends were organically promoted this week:

February 6: La Causa R positioned a trend accompanying the protest for salaries of several unions in the country: #6FVzlaEnLaCalle 85.25% of its messages were made by real users.

February 10: NGOs and citizens positioned a trend against the law that intends to regulate and criminalize NGOs in the country: #LeyAntiSociedad 69.74% of its messages were made by real users.

Where to see the other trends?

If you want to know how the socio-political Twitter trends behaved in Venezuela during the week of February 6-12, you can subscribe to our PoliTwitter report so you won’t miss any of the week’s conversations.

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