Copyright astroturfers target Torontoist

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14 Responses to “Copyright astroturfers target Torontoist”

  1. thebelgianpanda says:

    Misspelling on first sentence: The popular Torontist

    That or all the other references are misspelled.

  2. thebelgianpanda says:

    err, scrap that last comment, reading comprehension fail on my part. was slightly confusing though.

    • IamInnocent says:

      You’re only human: anyone with an ounce of taste will hallucinate some less awful word to replace “Torontoist”.

  3. octopod says:

    i don’t see anything wrong with this. this is a natural part of advertising nowadays. they got caught out, so they fail.

    in general, the number of ppl who, after reading blatantly gamed comments from effectively anonymous posters on any website, changed their opinion as a result, is I would hope, countable on the fingers of one foot.

  4. Antinous / Moderator says:

    that sounds more like standard activist organizing than astro-turfing. If they were paid or required to do so that would be different.

    If they’re making virtually the same cut-and-paste comment, it’s astroturf. They can be paid in money, privilege or front-row seats for the Rapture. It’s still astroturf because it’s still fake.

  5. JoshP says:

    So, what site are we supposed to be counter-spamming??? :)

    • Matthew Mastracci says:

      Let them know on their Facebook fan page:

      http://www.facebook.com/balancedcopyright

      They moderate comments on the main site, which means that any dissenting opinion disappears into the moderation black hole. They’ll also (potentially) block your IP.

      Tip: you need to ‘like’ the page to comment, but you can immediately unlike it after you post.

  6. Ugly Canuck says:

    So!

  7. Ugly Canuck says:

    So unsurprising.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So, don’t forget, everyone, to start your comment with the word ‘so’. ;)

  9. coop says:

    Yes, the astroturf site is: http://balancedcopyrightforcanada.ca/, but as previously noted, using the Facebook page might be a better idea.

    coop

  10. MrsBug says:

    Silly corporations – stop using tools you don’t understand!

  11. Hugh says:

    According to the Torontoist article, it appears that leaving comments was a “suggested action” listed on the Balanced Copyright page.

    If that’s the case, and the people doing the commenting are just fans of the cause who followed the suggestions, then that sounds more like standard activist organizing than astro-turfing. If they were paid or required to do so that would be different.

  12. Neon Tooth says:

    “Chicagoist” has caught Wal-Mart astroturfers doing the same when they discussed Wal-Mart’s plans in Chicago: http://chicagoist.com/2010/01/26/wal-mart_using_fake_community_group.php

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