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Post  Seven Yesterday at 1:40 am


Astroturfing is the production of fake “grassroots” movements, usually by large corporations or government agencies. The participants -- the term for whom is “shills” --  present themselves as citizens/consumers expressing their true opinions and testifying to their own experiences when in reality they are being paid to express a particular opinion and/or present scripted “testimony”.


Corbett Report - Inside the State Department's Troll Farm (Daniel McAdams)
James Corbett / The Corbett Report
February 8, 2018

5 Things Shills Don't Want You To Know
July 25, 2015

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages
Sharyl Attkisson / TEDx
February 6, 2015

0:04 / 3:20 CTV Confirms Government(s) employing Internet Trolls, Shills & PR Agents to 'correct misinformation'
CTV News (via YouTube)
March 9, 2011


Military Report: Secretly 'Recruit or Hire Bloggers' (Backup)
Noah Shachtman / Wired
March 31, 2008

Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people (Backup)
Stephen C. Webster / Raw Story
February 18, 2011

Online astroturfing gets sophisticated (Backup)
Robert Herrman / ZDNet
February 23, 2011

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media (Backup)
Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain / The Guardian
March 17, 2011

Astroturfing: what is it and why does it matter? (Backup)
Adam Bienkov / The Guardian
February 8, 2012

The Skeptics:  Who are they?  What are they? (Backup)
Tim Bolen / The Bolen Report
March 21, 2013

Forum Shill gets Busted: ATS and GLP Censor to Cover his Tracks (Backup)
Pilot /
March 28, 2013

'PMO stealthily recruiting students for online advocacy' (Backup 1) (Backup 2)
Stuart Winer / The Times of Israel
August 13, 2013

GCHQ - The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations (Backup)
GCHQ (via The Intercept)
February 24, 2014 (Backup)
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept
July 14, 2014

Confessions of a Hillary Shill (Backup)
Tami Canal / March Against Monsanto
April 24, 2016

Clinton strategy for front group to astroturf progressive youth into working for Clinton (Backup)
WikiLeaks / Twitter
October 23, 2016

Reddit Users Declare War On Hillary’s Paid Internet Trolls (Backup)
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller
October 27, 2016

Bots without borders: how anonymous accounts hijack political debate (Backup)
Katina Michael / The Conversation
January 23, 2017

Did Monsanto Hire Online Trolls to Attack Critics? (Backup)
Chris Crowley / Grub Street
May 8, 2017

Monsanto Accused in Lawsuit of Hiring ‘Internet Trolls’ to Battle Online Criticism (Backup)
Joanna Fantozzi
May 9, 2017

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