Facebook Accused of ‘Astroturfing’ Reddit to Silence Criticism

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Paul Martin

Did company hire web trolls to game comments after Oculus purchase?

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
March 26, 2014

Facebook has been accused of “astroturfing” Reddit by flooding the website with fake comments praising the company’s move to purchase virtual reality headset maker Oculus in a $2 billion dollar deal.

Last night it was announced that the social networking giant had agreed to acquire Oculus for $400 million in cash and $1.6 billion in shares.

Reddit users responded to the acquisition by expressing fears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s control of Oculus could ruin the company’s progress.

Such concerns were met with suspicious rebuttals from several different accounts which used identical language and appeared to rely on canned answers.

A post which read, “Mark isn’t building a giant, single Facebook company. He is a building a giant network of separate companies that leverage the Facebook social network,” was posted by two completely different users in two different sections of Reddit.

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