China’s Paid Trolls: Meet the 50-Cent Party

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    May 16, 2013 6:28 PM GMT
    "The Chinese government hires people to distort or deflect conversations on the web. Ai Weiwei persuades an “online commentator” to tell all."

    [url]http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/politics/2012/10/china%E2%80%99s-paid-trolls-meet-50-cent-party[/url]

    Come to think of it, when did we last read any criticism of Chinese government policy in this forum?
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    May 17, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    could make a pretty good sum at that I imagine. icon_exclaim.gif
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    May 17, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    American Trolls have been paid to spread propaganda for foreign governments

    Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media
    Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/covert-malaysian-campaign-touched-a-wide-range-of-american-m

    " led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers.


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    May 17, 2013 3:25 AM GMT
    RIDDLE me this:

    Who, Oh Who would do this kind of work all day?

    " Commentators are hired by the Chinese government or the Communist Party of China to post comments favourable towards party policies and
    to shape public opinion on internet message boards and forums.

    The commentators are known as the 50-Cent Party, as they are said to be paid 50 cents for every post that steers a discussion away from anti-party content or that advances the Communist Party line."

    I bet some get paid a lot more than 50 cent.
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    May 17, 2013 5:24 PM GMT
    Sounds exactly like America's left, only they work as sluts of Leftist leaders and not common whores.
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    May 17, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    conservativejock saidSounds exactly like America's left, only they work as sluts of Leftist leaders and not common whores.


    Corporations are having a love affair with China. Guess they must be lefty, eh? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    May 18, 2013 10:28 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    conservativejock saidSounds exactly like America's left, only they work as sluts of Leftist leaders and not common whores.


    Corporations are having a love affair with China. Guess they must be lefty, eh? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    And don't forget, China owns a huge lump of US debt. Under George W Bush (wasn't he on the right?), it went up by 85% over the whole two terms - and 64% in his second term alone.
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    May 19, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Has it become suddenly quieter since this thread was posted?
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    May 19, 2013 12:53 PM GMT
    Upper_Cdn saidHas it become suddenly quieter since this thread was posted?


    In answer to your question, I'll repeat myself from above:

    "RIDDLE me this:

    Who, Oh Who would do this kind of work all day?

    " Commentators are hired by the Chinese government or the Communist Party of China to post comments favourable towards party policies and
    to shape public opinion on internet message boards and forums
    ."
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    May 19, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    blazerblue saidAmerican Trolls have been paid to spread propaganda for foreign governments

    Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media
    Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/covert-malaysian-campaign-touched-a-wide-range-of-american-m

    " led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers.




    That certainly clears up a few mysteries.
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    May 19, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    That certainly clears up a few mysteries.

    Not yet, or at least not yet conclusively.

    Simple analysis of posting patterns, and logical assumptions about motivations & behaviors, long ago made this no real mystery to me at all. But when I submitted my observations & deductions I got severely beat up about it here, not surprisingly by the chief suspects themselves. But I'd already heard rumors this was happening on US web sites, and we already knew domestic US groups, from the Right Wing, fundamentalist Christians, and especially family values and "right to life" groups were doing it.

    So I dropped the topic, confident in the belief that eventually hard evidence would begin to surface. Evidence I have no way of obtaining myself, but that could not be kept hidden forever. What I'm really looking forward to is a leaked list that includes some operative screen names on these social sites. Then it's really gonna hit the fan. icon_wink.gif
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    May 19, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Has the poster in question been made surplus to needs by his handlers, gone elsewhere, or just created a new identity on here now that people would just be counting his pay incrementally withevery post?


    The fact that U.S. conservatives did it too could explain some motivations here but the existence f the more insular "treehouse" argues against the conservaposse being paid trolls. Paid trolls do not get paid to run away and play on their own. LOL
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    May 19, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    meninlove said
    That certainly clears up a few mysteries.

    Not yet, or at least not yet conclusively.

    Simple analysis of posting patterns, and logical assumptions about motivations & behaviors, long ago made this no real mystery to me at all. But when I submitted my observations & deductions I got severely beat up about it here, not surprisingly by the chief suspects themselves. But I'd already heard rumors this was happening on US web sites, and we already knew domestic US groups, from the Right Wing, fundamentalist Christians, and especially family values and "right to life" groups were doing it.

    So I dropped the topic, confident in the belief that eventually hard evidence would begin to surface. Evidence I have no way of obtaining myself, but that could not be kept hidden forever. What I'm really looking forward to is a leaked list that includes some operative screen names on these social sites. Then it's really gonna hit the fan. icon_wink.gif


    Well, name some names. Who do you think it is on RJ?

    While I can't speak absolutely for the rest, but after eight POS Chinese rebuild, fast failing fuel pumps (one 'new' one failed within a 1000' of my house), which pretty much ruined my car collector show/hangout/meets/cruising/street racing/drag racing last summer, the Chinese couldn't pay me enough.
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    May 19, 2013 3:09 PM GMT
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    Well, name some names. Who do you think it is on RJ?

    While I can't speak absolutely for the rest, but after eight POS Chinese rebuild, fast failing fuel pumps (one 'new' one failed within a 1000' of my house), which pretty much ruined my car collector show/hangout/meets/cruising/street racing/drag racing last summer, the Chinese couldn't pay me enough.

    The Chinese couldn't pay you LITTLE enough, and they'd still not be getting their money's worth. icon_razz.gif
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    May 19, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
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    freedomisntfree said
    Well, name some names. Who do you think it is on RJ?

    While I can't speak absolutely for the rest, but after eight POS Chinese rebuild, fast failing fuel pumps (one 'new' one failed within a 1000' of my house), which pretty much ruined my car collector show/hangout/meets/cruising/street racing/drag racing last summer, the Chinese couldn't pay me enough.

    The Chinese couldn't pay you LITTLE enough, and they'd still not be getting their money's worth. icon_razz.gif


    Ruined my drag racing for the season so they're on my shit list.

    Now, if they'd buy for me one of these



    we might talk

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    May 19, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    Everyone, Right or Left, should read this:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/covert-malaysian-campaign-touched-a-wide-range-of-american-m

    The scandal is not that foreign governments would try to influence American public opinion.

    Nor is it that several big name conservative bloggers are for sale.

    The scandal is that these bloggers4sale are allowed to get away with it.


    Ben Domenech is a good example. He had already been fired by the Washington Post for a long history of plagiarism and presenting fake stories.
    But WaPo still allows him to appear in guest appearances on its' video channel.
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    May 21, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    The Department of Justice needs to investigate this:

    American* Trolls have been paid to spread propaganda for foreign governments

    Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media
    Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/covert-malaysian-campaign-touched-a-wide-range-of-american-m

    " led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers.

    *(no doubt some Canadians too)