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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.
25th Feb '17 7:31:59 PM nombretomado
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* FrankSinatra shot to fame after a number of concerts and radio appearances were disrupted by hundreds of squealing, screaming, hysterical bobbysoxers. Newsreels of the pandemonium were shown in theaters all over the US and became so well-known that they were parodied by Warner Brothers cartoonists (most notably in "Long-Haired Hare"). Only after Sinatra's death was it revealed that the screaming bobbysoxers were actresses hired by Sinatra's publicist. He went from being a band singer of middling fame to a superstar almost overnight.

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* FrankSinatra Music/FrankSinatra shot to fame after a number of concerts and radio appearances were disrupted by hundreds of squealing, screaming, hysterical bobbysoxers. Newsreels of the pandemonium were shown in theaters all over the US and became so well-known that they were parodied by Warner Brothers cartoonists (most notably in "Long-Haired Hare"). Only after Sinatra's death was it revealed that the screaming bobbysoxers were actresses hired by Sinatra's publicist. He went from being a band singer of middling fame to a superstar almost overnight.



* After Ashlee Simpson's infamously off-key Orange Bowl performance, over three hundred online forums saw [[http://www.metafilter.com/38963/Message-Forum-Spam identical spam posts]] in support of her.

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* After Ashlee Simpson's Music/AshleeSimpson's infamously off-key Orange Bowl performance, over three hundred online forums saw [[http://www.metafilter.com/38963/Message-Forum-Spam identical spam posts]] in support of her.
24th Feb '17 5:03:19 AM WillyFourEyes
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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 racist slurs when these two group clashes on fora.
* This practice is not foreign to Russia either, with a whole army of the 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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** And the complementary "5 U.S. Cent Party", which is allegedly sockpuppets hired by anti-communist organizations to combat pro-communist claims. Expect racist slurs when these two group clashes groups clash on fora.
* This practice is not foreign to Russia either, with a whole army of the Olgino bots "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.



* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ 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]]
* Workers for [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] has been accused of using [=AstroTurfing=] to bolster its pro-censorship campaigns against various television shows.

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* During Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential term, the French government has been caught red handed more than once: since the infamous "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ casse-toi, pauvre con]]" incident, there has been a lot of filtering to avoid the contact between the french 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]]
shorter]].
* Workers for the [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] has have been accused of using [=AstroTurfing=] to bolster its pro-censorship campaigns against various television shows.



* In May of 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma (or [[InsistentTerminology Union of Myanmar]]). When citizens started clearing streets of debris, the ruling Junta ordered them to put it back, purely so the Junta could be filmed helping the people and show the world that they're not bastards.

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* In May of 2008, Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma (or the [[InsistentTerminology Union of Myanmar]]). When citizens started clearing streets of debris, the ruling Junta ordered them to put it back, purely so the Junta could be filmed helping the people and show the world that they're not bastards.



** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator (and former investment banking firm VP) Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.

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** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator (and former investment banking firm VP) Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks.[=FreedomWorks=]. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.



** Unions mutually supporting each other's strikes and pickets has a long and honourable tradition, especially in Great Britain, where [[MargaretThatcher a government]] legislated to make it illegal. Here it is called '''secondary picketing'''.

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** Unions mutually supporting each other's strikes and pickets has a long and honourable tradition, especially in Great Britain, where [[MargaretThatcher [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher a government]] legislated to make it illegal. Here it is called '''secondary picketing'''.



* In the current Gaza crisis, it has been remarked upon that the Israeli state can call upon boiler-houses full of meat puppets to flood news and current affairs boards worldwide with pro-Israeli comment. Similar allegations have been levelled at the Palestinian side, although [[http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/israeli-propaganda-war-hits-social-media-20140717-ztvky.html Israel appears to have made this a formal industry]].

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* In the current [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Gaza crisis, crisis]], it has been remarked upon that the Israeli state can call upon boiler-houses full of meat puppets to flood news and current affairs boards worldwide with pro-Israeli comment.comments. Similar allegations have been levelled at the Palestinian side, although [[http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/israeli-propaganda-war-hits-social-media-20140717-ztvky.html Israel appears to have made this a formal industry]].



* 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 riot at one campaign and another discussed plans to bus in voters to polling places (and claimed he had been doing it for years).
27th Jan '17 11:42:43 AM hszmv1
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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).
19th Jan '17 7:45:18 AM ElBuenCuate
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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.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 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]]

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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."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDyUNWyuw8 com/watch?v=Eau5_Gi3icQ 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]]
28th Dec '16 9:57:59 AM lilithmercy
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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.
20th Sep '16 5:54:03 PM MissLovebat
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