sock puppet

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sock puppet

A social media account in which one misrepresents their identity, usually to appear as another person who agrees with the views or comments expressed through their main account. The name refers to a type of hand puppet, in which a sock is fitted over the hand. After some time, it was discovered that the CEO had several sock puppet Twitter accounts, which he used to rave about his business and drive customers to his site. It didn't take long until sock puppets overran the thread with controversial posts that were all very similar to each other in tone and style. I'm skeptical of these 200 glowing reviews—I bet they're all by sock puppets.
See also: puppet, sock
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And realise that the sock-puppet, cookie-cutter mainstream corporate media have sold out?
Does it matter whether a particular battle in the culture war is caused by a real person, or a fake onean online sock-puppet account, say, or automated bot?
'We now inhabit a world where malicious actors and state propagandists can use 'computational propaganda,' 'sock-puppet networks,' 'troll armies,' and technology that can mimic legitimate news websites and seamlessly manipulate audio and video to impersonate legitimate sources.
It doesn't seem that Sargsyan and his sock-puppet government care about someone's opinion on the matter though.
James Traub of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote an amazingly arrogant piece on June 28 for Foreign Policy entitled "It's Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses." But then the "ignorant masses" struck again, rejecting the elites' handpicked sock-puppet, Hillary Clinton.
Previously, Erdoy-an's journalists were claiming that I was an MI6 agent, but possibly seeing that it has not created the intended impact, now one of his advisers claims, using a sock-puppet Twitter account, that I am connected to the CIA.
In the primitive sock-puppet days, a pro might operate a character out-of-view above his head while gazing down at a monitor below.
And quit making that sock-puppet motion with your hand when I'm talking to you.
There were two very funny bits of business involving sock-puppet birds and a rattling lawn mower.
Even the well-known sock-puppet mascot wasn't enough to keep Pets.com alive.
In Tuesday's issue, the daily maintained that the information had been made public through sock-puppet Twitter accounts owned by Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Internet trolls who are advisers -- nicknamed "princes" -- to the Prime Ministry, the Presidency and the management of the ruling party.
had not only leaked information to pro-government trolls but he had also released information through sock-puppet Twitter accounts under his control.
John Travolta reveals how Scientology fueled his cool; Kirstie Alley tells how it helped her conquer drug addiction, "enabling me to star in the fine television series 'Fat Actress' and to promote the quality products of weight loss expert Jenny Craig"; and Tom Cruise introduces sock-puppet incarnations of his new wife and daughter.
The move is part of the administration's larger second term agenda of using executive authority to tackle climate change even as Congress remains in the grip of climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry sock-puppets. The White House promises that by 2025 the government's 360,000 buildings will get one-quarter of their energy from renewable projects.