BBC does follow up on hashtag Wearethepeople.
A BBC Trending investigation has found that one of the biggest trends on Twitter in the US – #wearethepeople – involves claims about the Iraqi dinar which the International Monetary Fund has called “completely fraudulent”.
The hashtag #wearethepeople looks huge. Since it took off on 26 January, there have been more than four million tweets. At first glance, those using the hashtag appear to be making an anti-banking, anti-establishment argument – similar to the Occupy movement. “The bankers do not want us picking on them. Then be ethical! #wearethepeople,” for example.
But many of the tweets use terminology which is unintelligible to the outside observer. “Release the RV”, they say, “release the Global Currency Reset”. This might sound like financial jargon – but these are not economic terms recognised by economists. One of the biggest accounts pushing the hashtag – @THE_TNT_TEAM – has more than 250,000 followers. But tests run on the account suggest that between 65% and 80% of the followers are fake – meaning the scale of the trend is far smaller than the number of tweets would suggest. That said, those who are real followers are heavily engaged. Statistics from the group’s chat forum show as many as 25,000 people logging in per day.