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Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:16 PM

Facebook being Flooded with GOP Spam Accounts - Rise of the FacePatriots?

It seems since Digg has pretty much died, Facebook has become the main hub for right-wing spammers. As the election grows closer, these 'FacePatriots' are making a push to swing popular opinion to their point of view by leaving thousands of comments throughout facebook.

This morning I spotted this political pic in my stream. 5 out of the 8 first comments were from 'fake accounts'. I explain below how to determine to a reasonable amount of certainty whether an account is fake. What does this mean? This means that one person can leave dozens of comments under different accounts. A propagandists dream scenario.

The reason this post mentions GOP Spam Accounts is because that is what I have found. If you discover the same tactic on the other side, leave a comment. Until proven otherwise, this appears to be a Republican phenomenon.

How does it work?

To open a Facebook account, you basically just need an email account. This means the number of accounts that one person could open is almost limitless. Only in extreme cases would Facebook look into the number of profiles associated with a single IP Address (your computer connection's address).

Once you have opened a page, upload a few pictures, enter the minimum amount of information, set your privacy settings to show the minimum amount of information and now all you need are some friends. Friends are easy to get on Facebook. First, LIKE all of your own fake accounts - this will create your own little community. Then you can 'purchase' some additional friends. There are services on the web where you can add hundreds of friends for less than $20. These friends will be from the pool of fake profiles on Facebook. These 'fake' profiles will have connections to 'real' profiles too - some people friend people with common names. This opens the door to the rest of the world. The friends of friends is the place it becomes political.

For the remainder of the post - http://thecentristword.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/facebook-flooded-with-gop-spam-accounts/

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Reply Facebook being Flooded with GOP Spam Accounts - Rise of the FacePatriots? (Original post)
thecentristword Aug 2012 OP
canuckledragger Aug 2012 #1
just1voice Aug 2012 #2
cheapdate Aug 2012 #3
dmr Aug 2012 #4
cheapdate Aug 2012 #6
thecentristword Aug 2012 #5
GoCubsGo Aug 2012 #7

Response to thecentristword (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:27 PM

1. It's just another HB Gary-like attempt

to skew public opinion using sock puppets to create fake issues & create fake support ("look how many people are saying...") for repub agendas.

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Response to thecentristword (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:45 PM

2. That doesn't stop people from posting the spams here too, non-stop

 

Which makes a person ask just who's posting them here.

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Response to thecentristword (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 03:04 PM

3. I spend time on Facebook and I've noticed this strange phenomenon.

It started about a year ago. Some absurd graphic appears that illustrates some inane Republican meme and it has 12,753 "likes" almost instantly. This has been a daily occurrence for about a year. But lately I've observed that the number of overnight "likes" for some of this drivel has gone up to astronomical proportions. I saw some tripe this morning about Romney that had over 46,000 "likes".

The typical conservative Republican is just so fucking stupid. Really.

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Response to cheapdate (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 03:15 PM

4. Last week I noticed it big time. Thought something was up. It's not

grassroots, either. Bet on it!

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Response to dmr (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:02 PM

6. Holy Shit!

Photo of an anti-Obama billboard (real? fake?) from Facebook user "Being Conservative" just now has 179,698 "likes".

I honestly don't give a shit - I point it out only as an interesting observation of just how fucking stupid conservative Republicans and the perverted demagogues and oligarchs who manipulate them are.

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Response to thecentristword (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 06:26 PM

5. Here is a graphic for facebook - fresh off the press :-)

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Response to thecentristword (Original post)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:50 PM

7. Was in the actual news stream or the ads?

You can get rid of/report both. In both cases, put your cursor on the posting. If it's in your news stream, click on the box in the upper right hand corner of the post with the "V" in it that will show up. A pull-down menu will pop up. Click on "Report story or spam". If it's in the ad column on the right, a "X" will pop up in the upper right corner. Click on it. When the menu pops up, click on "Hide ad". When you do that, a multiple choice thing will pop up asking the reason for hiding it.. When the right wing shit pops up, I always hide it and click on "offensive" as the reason. It's been a while since any of that shit has shown up.

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