I know, your whole life has been a lie. Kermit is not a hand-rod puppet but in fact…. A mere sock puppet.
In this weeks lecture on the topic of ‘Dark Fibre; hackers, botnets and cyberwar’ Ted introduced the concept of ‘sock puppets’.
Sock puppets are fictitious online personas which are heavily created to look like real people. They use a variety of techniques such as hashtags, automated posts, location settings to achieve the illusion that they’re a real person. Their goal, is to enter conversations and sway public discourse in order to manipulate opinions to suit their agenda.
Sock puppets haven been known to be used for cyberwarfare. For example, sock puppets have been used by governments to search the internet for news that makes them look bad, then to join the conversation disguised “as a regular citizen” in an attempt to manipulate the public opinion to change.
What are your thoughts on sock puppets? Does it make your second guess anyone that you have met on the internet before? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!