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Friday, 26 February 2016

Sock puppets*

You might consider supporting charities is a good thing. But not if they are using it to influence government decision making.

All those featured in the vid support remaining in the EU. You can see why.

*sockpuppet is an online identity used for purposes of deception. The term, a reference to the manipulation of a simple hand puppet made from a sock, originally referred to a false identity assumed by a member of an Internet community who spoke to, or about, themselves while pretending to be another person.[1] The term now includes other misleading uses of online identities, such as those created to praise, defend or support a person or organization,[2] to manipulate public opinion,[3] or to circumvent a suspension or ban from a website. A significant difference between the use of a pseudonym[4] and the creation of a sockpuppet is that the sockpuppet poses as an independent third-party unaffiliated with the puppeteer. Many online communities attempt to block sockpuppets.



  1. "......Many online communities attempt to block sockpuppets....."

    Oh dear.
    Do they succeed?

  2. The Pippilongstocking puppet on the right looks like Boris Johnsons.

  3. Cracking video - thanks for pointing it out.
    I shall shameless nick it and use it myself at some point!!

  4. Nice one matey, I have shamelessly stolen it and shared it on farcebook :-)


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