Cash to tweet: How much can we trust social influencers?

Cobrapost's latest sting operation, called Operation Karaoke, exposes nearly three dozen Bollywood celebrities for their willingness to post tweets favorable to particular political parties, on a monetary consideration. Some even agreed to tweet without having been paid, to show their eagerness to Coprapost reporters who posed as PR persons on behalf of these political parties! 
Who are these celebs? Cobrapost reveals that the celebs in question include actors, singers, stand-up comedians and dancers: 
Playback singers: Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh and Baba Sehgal 
Actors: Jackie Shroff, Shakti Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sonu Sood, Amisha Patel, Mahima Chaudhry, Shreyas Talpade, Puneet Issar, Surendra Pal, Pankaj Dheer and his son Nikitin Dheer, Tisca Chopra, Deepshikha Nagpal, Akhilendra Mishra, Rohit Roy, Rahul Bhat, Salim Zaidi, Rakhi Sawant, Aman Verma, Hiten Tejwani and spouse Gauri Pradhan, Evelyn Sharma, Minissha Lamba, Koena Mitra, Poonam Pandey, Sunny Leonne 
Comedians: Raju Srivastava, Sunil Pal, Rajpal Yadav, Upasana Singh, Krushna Abhishek and Vijay Ishwarlal Pawar 
Choreographer: Ganesh Acharya 
Dancer: Sambhavana Seth
How much money did they want? Cobrapost says: 'These celebrities did not blink an eye before saying “Aye” to the proposition, asking for a fee which ranged from Rs. 2 hundred thousand ($2,900) to Rs. 5 million ($72,000) per message. Some even quoted a fee of Rs. 200 million ($2,872,000) for an eight-month contract, and almost none of them  said no to black money when we told them a bulk of their fee would be paid in cash.'
What all would they do for the fee? I quote Cobrapost again:
Celebs agreed to promote the party in question to create a favorable environment before 2019 general elections.
Some of them even tweeted without having been paid any money to show their eagerness to our reporters.
Most of them were willing to accept the bulk of their fee in cash, which in other words means black money.
Celebs would tweak the content on various issues to be provided to them before posting the same on their social media profiles to make it look as their own.
They would defend the government even on controversial issues such as rapes and fatal accidents such as a bridge collapse here and there.
They were willing to sign a dummy contract for endorsement of products to disguise the real nature of the proxy political campaigning.
They agreed to send us their PAN and banking details, and many actually did so.
They swore to keep the entire exercise a secret, and the agenda hidden.
Some actors even proposed that they would proxy promote the political party in their press briefings during the promotion of a film or an event.
Some even proposed to post videos on social media and make them go viral with the help of their followers.
Only a few celebrities refused to fall for the lure. They are: Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi, Raza Murad and Saumya Tandon. 
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