Ever wonder who writes those comments under blog posts and news items that are either abusive and distracting from the issue under discussion – or on business sites that are robotically “positive” feedback? You might be reading the creative work of paid commenters – or even robots. “Paid shills” are especially prevalent where controversial matters are being discussed… health, politics, “news” items that push a certain agenda (such as gun control), wars, environment, etc.
The internet has revolutionized numerous disciplines, and propaganda is no exception. How can you know who’s saying what — and why — online? Join Ben, Matt, and special guest Joe to learn more about the future of online manipulation.