Linked by snydeq on Thu 15th Dec 2011 21:17 UTC
In the News A new study from UCSB finds significant increases in businesses hiring organized shills to push products online. These 'malicious crowd-sourcing systems' enlist dozens or hundreds of professional shills to orchestrate mass account creation, generate bogus ratings, and post canned cut-and-paste positive reviews -- with each 'task' costing between 13 and 70 cents. 'Unscrupulous crowd-sourcing sites, coupled with international payment systems, have enabled a burgeoning crowdturfing market that targets U.S. websites, but is fueled by a global workforce.'
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RE: shilling
by umccullough on Fri 16th Dec 2011 05:03 UTC in reply to "shilling"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

They win by drowning out the discussion.


This has become pretty common on techdirt.com now - whenever an anti-SOPA or similar article pointing out the flaws of anti-piracy laws - the comments turn into a lovefest of copyright-maximalist anonymous cowards telling everyone that they're pirates and the "free ride is over"...

Sometimes they're the first couple comments after the article goes live, which suggests they're corporate shills subscribed to an RSS feed with nothing better to do but post bullshit comments the minute the article hits.

It's kind of sad, in a way...

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RE[2]: shilling
by transputer_guy on Fri 16th Dec 2011 05:21 in reply to "RE: shilling"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

I have been told that this is entirely automatic, no idiots required. So we may actually be doing a Turing test with each bot and losing!

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RE[3]: shilling
by zima on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 21:37 in reply to "RE[2]: shilling"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You know, your words here are exactly something a bot would say to strengthen its standing as a human ;)

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