20 thousands yuan could manipulate public opinions?

11:14, December 25, 2009      

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People not only view information on Internet, but also form their perceptions with this information. If most of the news is intentionally forged by certain people, can we have real transparent Internet?

To deeply understand those “Internet Bullies” and their operation process, a reporter from CCTV took a deep investigation.

After finding some targets, the reporter got in touch with them in the identity of a customer. He asked a company to create negative news about his competitor via QQ. The representative seemed to understand his thought immediately. Finally, the reporter met the sales director, who said there was no problem in handling the task.

The sales director said, “20 or 30 thousands yuan would make the attack possible. We will find one or two most eye-catching topics among all the negative ones concerning your rival. Within two weeks, the topics will be posted on different forums and appear in the first pages of Baidu.com or Goggle.com.”

“You have your own navies?” asked the reporter.

“Of course. We can gather 100 thousands people in two weeks,” the sales director answered.

The reported then joined into the “Navy” QQ group. “It is like a mass bazaar. Tasks will be released from time to time, and will be grabbed by navies in a minute. The payment will be allocated to navies by Alipay,” the reporter said.

A retired Internet PR worker told the reporter that “Navies could gain 0.5 yuan for each post. So they have a nickname—‘Five Mao Group’.”

By People's Daily Online
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