Astroturfing & Shilling

“shilling or “astroturfing,” is a way to create a fake grass-roots movement online, as well as corporate and government defenders on social media who masquerade as average citizens. This should be mandatory reading for everyone who uses social media because we should all be aware of the various ways corporations and governments manipulate social media in their favor. This post is split up into sections: Government shills, corporate shills, bots, Reddit manipulation, studies on bot detection, and some additional information.

Government Shills

Shilling in the Private Sector

Shill Bots

Information about shilling on Reddit

Studies on social bots and shills

Additional information

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