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View Poll Results: Has social media been hijacked?
Yes 3 75.00%
No 1 25.00%
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Old 07-11-2020, 01:52 AM
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Anyone watched "The Hater" on netflix? Involves using internet forums to fraudulently sway public opinion about various things. A good movie. Polish, dubbed in English. Makes you wonder about various internet forums, and how many users (posters) are completely fake? I have heard of entire automotive website forums that were run by 2 people with hundreds of fake personas rambling on about various things they know very little about. Whenever someone calls them on some bad advice, that person is suddenly deluged with other posters telling him how wrong he is, and they start getting warnings from moderators that have obviously distorted reality to boot them from the fake commercial forum. Stuff like that. Something like this forum, for instance, could be pulled off with a staff of about 15 people. Interesting perspective "The Hater" brings up for people to ponder. Propaganda can be very organized, yet innocent looking.
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Old 10-04-2020, 09:09 PM
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This is not a thing of fiction. Online spaces are influenced all the time by malicious actors. And they use a number of established tactics for doing so.

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Old 04-11-2021, 03:02 PM
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"A sock puppet or sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term, a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock, originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, themselves while pretending to be another person.[1]
The use of the term has expanded to now include other misleading uses of online identities, such as those created to praise, defend, or support a person or organization,[2] to manipulate public opinion,[3] or to circumvent restrictions, such as viewing a social media account that they are blocked from, suspension or an outright ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym[4] and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third party unaffiliated with the main account operator. Sockpuppets are unwelcome in many online communities and forums."

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Old Today, 07:27 AM
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I mean, we kind of witnessed it in the 2016 election.
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