Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 29, 2011, 5:16 p.m. EST by Alerto
from Hull, MA
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
OK, so I am a photographer. I am on this site which is for modeling/fashion industry. I use it when I need to hire a model for a shoot. It also has a social networking forum.
I, and others, have noticed that the situation there is such that the moderators delete posts and ban users who are too supportive of #OWS. Also, that an oddly large number of their posters continue to propagate 1%er lies. As if reading from the same script.
Examples - Posting the myth that all the tents at #OWS are really empty; posting that Scott OIsen was actually attacked by #OWS to make a martyr for the movement, the bombing of #occupymaine was done by "fellow liberals" and that #OWS is planning some massive, brutal attack against ordinary citizens. Etc.
Anyone who countered was likely to get banned and have their posts killed if they made too good an argument, or embarrassed certain people.
Anywho, another day on the Internet, right?
Not quite. I did some research. The site (www.modelmayhem.com) is owned and run by Internet Brands. Internet Brands is owned by a private equity firm - Hellman & Friedman.
They have spent $240,000 KNOWN dollars lobbying for deregulation. http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000034411&year=2011
Unknown is the usual SuperPAC money, etc.
This begs the question as to what is going on here. Have the 1%ers taken to using sockpuppets to spread their lies?
Probably. The government is doing it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
Proposed - We crowdsource more investigation into this issue with IB. See what is up. In theory, this could just be a site moderator with a grudge against the left. But, these forums are not widely known to be run by these equity funds. People think it is just run out of someone's house and it is setup to appear that way. Thus giving more credibility to the "average Joe" posters. In essence it is cyber-astroturfing.
So, we research and investigate IB now, and then move towards action. People need to be educated about these sites. Also, site boycotts, etc should be examined.