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Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby kurt_w » Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:58 am

Apparently, Fox News has a PR team that set up fake accounts on numerous blogs, to post pro-Fox comments and to anonymously attack bloggers or commenters who are critical of Fox.

One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins. Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked.


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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby pjbogart » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:07 pm

I'm pretty sure this has been going on for awhile, and it's not just FoxNews, nor even just Republicans. Spamming internet comment sites gives the impression of a "movement" and perhaps makes your army look larger than it really is. A single person can control dozens of usernames and simply spam talking points, vote up conservative posts and generally give you the impression that 95% of Americans are "deeply conservative".

Nowhere is this phantom army more obvious than Yahoo, where pages and pages of posts on their news articles are dominated by conservative talking points.

If you think about it, this is about the cheapest advertising a political party can purchase. If you paid 100 people $8/hour to run 20 monikers each and spam any article about Obamacare with negative testimonials about how their company dropped their coverage and the prices on the exchange are ten times what they were paying, you can create a very real and effective perception that the ACA is destroying America.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We need to consider legislation tempering political free speech. As the case law currently stands, it's virtually impossible for someone to be sued for libel when engaging in political debate. The notion that those who lie will be punished is simply not the political reality.

I sincerely doubt that the First Amendment was drafted to protect liars and ensure their ability to spread disinformation.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby Stella_Guru » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:29 am

pjbogart wrote:I sincerely doubt that the First Amendment was drafted to protect liars and ensure their ability to spread disinformation.

Which psuedo-journalistic propaganda outlets do you recommend? The scenarios of impending doomsdays filled with super-villians, the invented counter-realities, and the jumbled lies are boring.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby green union terrace chair » Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:59 am

pjbogart wrote:I'm pretty sure this has been going on for awhile, and it's not just FoxNews, nor even just Republicans. Spamming internet comment sites gives the impression of a "movement" and perhaps makes your army look larger than it really is. A single person can control dozens of usernames and simply spam talking points, vote up conservative posts and generally give you the impression that 95% of Americans are "deeply conservative".

We even see it here once in awhile, whenever a new registrant appears with no post history, makes a couple of political posts and then never posts again.

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Postby Detritus » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:05 pm

green union terrace chair wrote:
pjbogart wrote:I'm pretty sure this has been going on for awhile, and it's not just FoxNews, nor even just Republicans. Spamming internet comment sites gives the impression of a "movement" and perhaps makes your army look larger than it really is. A single person can control dozens of usernames and simply spam talking points, vote up conservative posts and generally give you the impression that 95% of Americans are "deeply conservative".

We even see it here once in awhile, whenever a new registrant appears with no post history, makes a couple of political posts and then never posts again.

Or roast beef--just to combine the Fox and Yelp threads.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby O.J. » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:08 pm

You can't find a good roast beef sandwich in this town.

Thanks, Obama!

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby Mad Howler » Tue Oct 22, 2013 8:56 pm

kurt_w wrote:Apparently, Fox News has a PR team that set up fake accounts on numerous blogs, to post pro-Fox comments and to anonymously attack bloggers or commenters who are critical of Fox.

One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins. Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked.

They picked this fight.
Let them feel the sting of genuine outrage.
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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby Ned Flanders » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:40 am

MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby rabble » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:44 am

Damn. I was waiting for the basic "[insert Democrat's name here] did it first!" response.

Instead we get the "This network that didn't behave reprehensibly now wishes that they had because it has worked so well for us" gambit. Huh.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby wack wack » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:24 am

Ned Flanders wrote:MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.


Why? The majority of Americans agree with MSNBC; they have genuine support. No need to fabricate anything.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby Francis Di Domizio » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:28 am

wack wack wrote:
Ned Flanders wrote:MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.


Why? The majority of Americans agree with MSNBC; they have genuine support. No need to fabricate anything.



Well that kill my theory that the majority of political arguments on the internet are between paid operatives of MSNBC and FOX

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby wack wack » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:35 am

Francis Di Domizio wrote:Well that kill my theory that the majority of political arguments on the internet are between paid operatives of MSNBC and FOX


if your theory is correct, it means that MSNBC did think about it first, and did it three times better than FOX.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby Ned Flanders » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:40 am

wack wack wrote:
Ned Flanders wrote:MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.


Why? The majority of Americans agree with MSNBC; they have genuine support. No need to fabricate anything.


Their ratings tell a radically different story.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby rabble » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:43 am

Ned Flanders wrote:
wack wack wrote:
Ned Flanders wrote:MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.


Why? The majority of Americans agree with MSNBC; they have genuine support. No need to fabricate anything.


Their ratings tell a radically different story.

Yep. Everyone knows that powerful and popular means better.

That's why we all love crack.

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Re: Fox's army of fake blog commenters

Postby wack wack » Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:54 am

Ned Flanders wrote:
wack wack wrote:
Ned Flanders wrote:MSNBC wishes they would have thought of this.


Why? The majority of Americans agree with MSNBC; they have genuine support. No need to fabricate anything.


Their ratings tell a radically different story.


Now it's about ratings? I thought this was about the blogs and comments, where the opinions are overwhelmingly anti-conservative, and how the conservatives need to pay armies of fake soldiers to compete.


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