Sock Puppet

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Additionally, fake online identities are used for the purposes of deception and Psychological Manipulation to spread disinformation and Propaganda messages throughout various social networks and online communities. This is referred to as a ‘Sock Puppet’, a person pretending to be another person that assumes this false identity in order to infiltrate or manipulate others in an online community. A Strawman Sock Puppet is used by covert agendas to troll online communities, to make a particular point of view appear crazy in order to discredit the discussions and generate as much chaos and disruption as possible in the group. Similar to an online troll, the sock puppet’s motivation is to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt within the group in order to divide and conquer. It is important to realize that sock puppets are considered a legitimate vocation, hackers are hired and paid well to perform this role. They get paid to intentionally deceive others online, write phony complaints or spread offensive language and ideas in order to kill off the business competition. [1]

Straw Man

A Straw Man is a fallacy used in an argument or belief based on erroneous reasoning, usually designed to attack or gaslight an opponent. Straw man is one type of logical fallacy. Straw man occurs when someone argues that a person holds a view that is actually not what the other person believes. Instead, it is a distorted version of what the person believes. So, instead of attacking the person's actual statement or belief, it is the distorted version that is attacked, when the targeted person never made the statement to begin with. [2]

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See Also

Propaganda

Psychological Operations

Mind Control