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27th Jan '18 10:09:45 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* This is used by the tyrannical regime in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' to bolster its popularity, though as the system crumbles, they have to resort to increasingly crude methods. When they have to drum up a crowd to hear General Wesley's speech live when he [[EmergencyAuthority takes over]], they end up "paying every bum, drunkard and whore for miles around to turn out and cheer."
16th Jan '18 1:42:29 AM Cryoclaste
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* TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare William Shakespeare]]:

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* TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples of [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare William Shakespeare]]:
19th Dec '17 6:02:04 PM nombretomado
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** According to SourceFed, over half of his Website/{{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.

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** According to SourceFed, WebVideo/SourceFed, over half of his Website/{{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
12th Sep '17 11:12:14 PM PsychoGecko
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* A series of hidden camera videos appeared during the final month of the final month of the October 2016 campaign where a few people working for the Clinton campaign discussed how they staged several protests against Trump, one of who proudly admitted to paying people to intentionally riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).

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* A series of hidden camera videos appeared during the final month of the final month of the October 2016 campaign where a few people working for the Clinton campaign discussed how they staged several protests against Trump, one of who proudly admitted to paying people to intentionally riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).
years). However, the videos themselves turned out to be the work of James O'Keefe, a Republican activist known for selectively editing his work until it distorts the truth so much he has to pay the subjects money to settle the resulting lawsuit.
11th Sep '17 8:22:18 AM Caps-luna
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* Speaking of communism, with [[TheGreatPoliticalMessUp the fall of communism]] came the revelation that a LOT of astroterfing went on during the Russian revolution. One of the most notable examples comes from Lenin's arrival in Russia where the Germans (who also paid for the trip) simply hired people to cheer as he arrived. Many of his early speeches and rallies went the same way, but he eventually did amass enough genuine support to do what history renumbers him for.
19th Aug '17 2:08:37 AM LittleBuster
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* This practice is not foreign to Russia either, with a whole army of "Olgino bots" (named after a suburb of Saint-Petersburg where the most notorious comment mill is located) financed with the taxpayers' money and invading both domestic and foreign internet forums.

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* This practice is not foreign ** Similar organizations can also be found in Russia, where, according to Russia either, with a whole army number of media, there are groups of so-called "Olgino bots" (named after a suburb of Saint-Petersburg where the most notorious comment mill is located) financed with the taxpayers' Bots" Or more local "kremlebots", who for money and invading both domestic and foreign internet forums.depict russian pro-government support on the Internet. Nevertheless, recently this word has become used as a label for any pro-Russian point of view on the web, so expect that mention of them will cause a separate angry political controversy.
24th May '17 6:03:11 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* {{Microsoft}} has infamously attempted to use [=AstroTurfing=] to sway and/or forge public opinion in its favor numerous times over the past two decades, most notably in an attempt to forestall its antitrust prosecution in 1998, and during the worst of its anti-Linux hysteria.

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* {{Microsoft}} Creator/{{Microsoft}} has infamously attempted to use [=AstroTurfing=] to sway and/or forge public opinion in its favor numerous times over the past two decades, most notably in an attempt to forestall its antitrust prosecution in 1998, and during the worst of its anti-Linux hysteria.
17th May '17 6:56:33 PM nombretomado
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** According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.

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** According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} Website/{{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
22nd Mar '17 4:25:59 AM GnomeTitan
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** Music/LimpBizkit also did this kind of thing for a while. They noticed that there were basically no girls coming to their shows, so they made an unannounced rule that women could get into their shows free, and then leaked "rumors" about it to the internet. Boom, instant female fanbase. Eventually they did start advertising it for real though.

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** * Music/LimpBizkit also did this kind of thing for a while. They noticed that there were basically no girls coming to their shows, so they made an unannounced rule that women could get into their shows free, and then leaked "rumors" about it to the internet. Boom, instant female fanbase. Eventually they did start advertising it for real though.



* An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet.

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An unusual application of this is what made Music/JustinBieber Justin Bieber so popular. Most of the people who know his name first heard of him from covert promoters telling everybody how bad he is and [[BileFascination how much they hate him]], all over the internet.
4th Mar '17 8:30:55 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* AstroTurf: The Cabinet would come to Wrestling/RingOfHonor events with hired security dressed up as "[[StrawFan fans]]" constantly chanting and waving signs reading "make wrestling great!" in order drown out the inevitable booing their CheapHeat drew.
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