Some real evidence of real shills operating on the Internet

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Since 2005, schools and political party organizations in the People's Republic of China are recruiting paid-per-comment bloggers countering unfavorable information on websites, bulletin boards, and other internet-accessible sources; they are collectively known as the 50 Cent Party.

In August 2006, a science journalist for the Wall Street Journal revealed that a YouTube video, "Al Gore's Penguin Army", which was claimed to be an amateur work, in fact came from the computers of DCI Group, a Washington, D.C.-based PR firm whose client list includes ExxonMobil and General Motors.
Scientologists have a long history of shilling on the Internet. One only has to take a quick look at the Amazon reviews for Dianetics to see this in action:

Case Study: Office of Strategic Influence
The Office of Strategic Influence, or OSI, was planned as a center for the creation of U.S. propaganda materials, for the stated purpose of misleading enemy forces or their civilian populations for "Operation Enduring Freedom" in 2001. It may surprise some that propaganda is a part of a modern wartime strategy but despite a public outcry which shut it down, it resurfaced under another name .
"And then there was the office of strategic influence. [...] I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have."
• Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, 2002-11-18 [2] From Wikipedia

The Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) is a pro-Israel advocacy organization which "shares news and information to members and supporters through email, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Myspace, Digg, and other popular areas of the web. It also seeks out, exposes, and reports online material which is against the Terms of Service of internet companies."
In other words, the JIDF shares links to pro-palestinian or anti-israel groups, forums, news articles and videos, and then engages in mass reporting, downvotes, complaints and threats to the site hosting the material.

Give Israel Your United Support ( - Megaphone
This software allows GIYUS to broadcast any anti-Israel media links to Israeli activists so that they can downvote, complain, and mass report offensive material.

This group operates openly on and people who criticize their activity are quickly banned from digg.
Haaretz: Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites:

Jews/Israelis in general are encouraged to advocate (shill) aggresively for Israel - refer:
Hasbara Handbook: Defending Israel on Campus

A study, written for U.S. Special Operations Command, suggested "clandestinely recruiting or hiring prominent bloggers."
"Hiring a block of bloggers to verbally attack a specific person or promote a specific message may be worth considering," write the report’s co-authors, James Kinniburgh and Dororthy Denning.


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