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20th Sep '16 5:54:03 PM MissLovebat
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20th Sep '16 5:53:32 PM MissLovebat
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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).

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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).Wales).
29th Aug '16 6:54:27 PM Wooboo
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* A televised real-life example: During the ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' episode "The Fish and Anchor", Creator/GordonRamsay discovers that the owner of the eponymous restaurant had put up fake positive reviews up on a restaurant review website. He wasn't particularly good at it, either, with one review using the owner's real name and claiming to be from Afghanistan (the restaurant itself is located in Whales).
8th Aug '16 9:40:18 AM Kagame
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Astro Turf has been around for a long time, but became more popular as the Internet did, as it's easier to retain anonymity and still be widely read, and comments on news articles can be posted instantly ([[{{Spammer}} and repeatedly]]) with little to no moderation.

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Astro Turf AstroTurfing has been around for a long time, but became more popular as the Internet did, as it's easier to retain anonymity and still be widely read, and comments on news articles can be posted instantly ([[{{Spammer}} and repeatedly]]) with little to no moderation.
27th Jun '16 8:43:51 PM Tdarcos
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* Payola is the practice of being paid to play music on the radio, disguising it as regular airplay, used by many "request" shows. Although outlawed in the U.S. by the 1950s, record companies got around this by hiring "independent" promoters who acted as middlemen for the process.
* And, after the first Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.

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* Payola is the practice of being paid to play music on the radio, disguising it as regular airplay, used by many "request" shows. Although outlawed in the U.S. by the 1950s, record companies got around this by hiring "independent" promoters who acted as middlemen for the process.
process. Note that payola itself is not illegal, if the DJ were to announce ''before the record was played'' that they were paid to do so. The type of payola that is illegal is the kind not disclosed to the public.
* And, after the first Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters letters were written by one Stewart Copeland.
17th Jun '16 6:14:08 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* 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. According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
* According to Christopher Andersen's book ''Music/MichaelJackson Unauthorized'', when Jackson made his first U.S. public appearance following the child molestation allegations of 1993 at the ''Jackson Family Honors'' awards show in Las Vegas, tickets for the event sold so poorly that not only were 3,500 freebees given out, but the organizers rounded up young people at the venue and surrounding environs to serve as seat-fillers and hold premade pro-Jackson placards for the benefit of the videocameras taping the show for broadcast on [=NBC=] a few nights later.

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* 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. internet.
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According to SourceFed, over half of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
* According to Christopher Andersen's book ''Music/MichaelJackson Unauthorized'', when Jackson made his first U.S. public appearance following the child molestation allegations of 1993 at the ''Jackson Family Honors'' awards show in Las Vegas, tickets for the event sold so poorly that not only were 3,500 freebees given out, but the organizers rounded up young people at the venue and surrounding environs to serve as seat-fillers and hold premade pro-Jackson placards for the benefit of the videocameras cameras taping the show for broadcast on [=NBC=] Creator/{{NBC}} a few nights later.
17th Jun '16 6:12:45 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* 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. According SourceFed, over half on his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.

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* 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. According to SourceFed, over half on of his {{Twitter}} followers are {{sock puppet}}s.
17th Jun '16 5:46:43 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** And the complementary "5 U.S. Cent Party", which is allegedly sockpuppets hired by anti-communist organizations to combat pro-communist claims. Expect racism slurs when these two group clashes on fora.

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** And the complementary "5 U.S. Cent Party", which is allegedly sockpuppets hired by anti-communist organizations to combat pro-communist claims. Expect racism racist slurs when these two group clashes on fora.



* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 get out dumbass]] incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french president and people who do not like him and members of his government have done the same thing, like [[http://www.euronews.net/2009/08/20/french-supermarket-apologises-for-fake-shoppers/ putting fake shoppers in a supermarket visited by a minister]], or the French president making a speech in front of an attendance of genuine employees of the factory he visited, but making sure that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/6148872/Nicolas-Sarkozy-surrounded-by-short-people-for-TV-speech.html everyone behind him was]] [[TheNapoleon shorter]]

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* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 get out dumbass]] casse-toi, pauvre con]]" incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french president and people who do not like him and members of his government have done the same thing, like [[http://www.euronews.net/2009/08/20/french-supermarket-apologises-for-fake-shoppers/ putting fake shoppers in a supermarket visited by a minister]], or the French president making a speech in front of an attendance of genuine employees of the factory he visited, but making sure that [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/6148872/Nicolas-Sarkozy-surrounded-by-short-people-for-TV-speech.html everyone behind him was]] [[TheNapoleon shorter]]
4th Jun '16 8:46:44 PM gewunomox
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* And, after the first ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.

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* And, after the first ThePolice Music/ThePolice single "Fall Out" was released, letters began appearing in some local London music magazines praising the band's drummer, Stewart Copeland. Later (much later), it was revealed that those lettters were written by one Stewart Copeland.
20th May '16 6:45:59 PM nombretomado
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** The PS3 board on GameFAQs has its own ViralMarketing troll, who blatantly promotes Monster Cable connectors.

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** The PS3 [=PS3=] board on GameFAQs [=GameFAQs=] has its own ViralMarketing troll, who blatantly promotes Monster Cable connectors.
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