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BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

Soulskill posted about 5 months ago | from the can-you-see-why-people-love-oil-companies dept.

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An anonymous reader sends this news from Al-Jazeera: "BP has been accused of hiring internet 'trolls' to purposefully attack, harass, and sometimes threaten people who have been critical of how the oil giant has handled its disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil firm hired the international PR company Ogilvy & Mather to run the BP America Facebook page during the oil disaster, which released at least 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf in what is to date the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. The page was meant to encourage interaction with BP, but when people posted comments that were critical of how BP was handling the crisis, they were often attacked, bullied, and sometimes directly threatened. ... BP's 'astroturfing' efforts and use of 'trolls' have been reported as pursuing users' personal information, then tracking and posting IP addresses of users, contacting their employers, threatening to contact family members, and using photos of critics' family members to create false Facebook profiles, and even threatening to affect the potential outcome of individual compensation claims against BP."

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Dream job (5, Funny)

nurb432 (527695) | about 5 months ago | (#45477027)

Where do i get a gig like this?

Re: Dream job (5, Funny)

iamhassi (659463) | about 5 months ago | (#45477039)

Call Samsung *ducks*

Re: Dream job (2)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 5 months ago | (#45477503)

At least samsung pays for that trolling, unlike some competitors :D

Re: Dream job (4, Funny)

noobermin (1950642) | about 5 months ago | (#45477775)

The other competitor which shall not be named has a better method of "public image management." It's simple: with each of their devices they sell, it comes equipped with a state-of-the-art RDF [wikipedia.org] generator that turns the purchasers into fully obedient drones who will take to the internet forums and defend the company themselves! Since these drones are now merely subservient beings to the corporate will, they don't need to be paid; in fact, the effects of RDF ensure that they will throw themselves at the stores the next time the company delivers a new product, even for the most incremental and mundane updates! The shills will pay you!

Re:Dream job (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477099)

Where do i get a gig like this?

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

Re:Dream job (1, Funny)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about 5 months ago | (#45477549)

Where do i get a gig like this?

Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

It would have been worse if he smelt of smelt!
Apologies to Monty Python...

Re:Dream job (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477235)

Where do i get a gig like this?

youre the dumbest sorriest sack of monkey shit i ever saw in my life.

GOOD FOR THEM!! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477425)

BP's 'astroturfing' efforts and use of 'trolls' have been reported as pursuing users' personal information, then tracking and posting IP addresses of users, contacting their employers, threatening to contact family members, and using photos of critics' family members to create false Facebook profiles, and even threatening to affect the potential outcome of individual compensation claims against BP.

- Using Facebook
- Using your real name on Facebook
- Using your real name anywhere on the Internet
- Posting personal information and pictures of yourself and family on the Internet

You get what you deserve.

Re:GOOD FOR THEM!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477569)

In related news, they have the internet on computers now DOH!

Re:Dream job (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477495)

they were often attacked, bullied, and sometimes directly threatened.

Soon near you! Ask the Mexican drug cartels for lucrative opportunities in the field of commercial communications! Recruiting centers at your local communities all the way to Alaska.

Re:Dream job (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477589)

Where do i get a gig like this?

Burson Marsteller and Waggener Edstrom both have rapid response Social Media Management (SMM) teams working on Slashdot for clients like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook etc.

Start showing some talent in product placement/evangelism or slandering (scroogling) their competition and they may approach you with a chance at the big time.

Re:Dream job (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 5 months ago | (#45477701)

Dunno, they never called me,either. Losers, well, you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. They knew they couldn't afford me.

Dice.com rocks! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477029)

They should have hired Dice.com. I hear they have great information on technology and technology jobs. A++++. Would use their site again.

So how does one get paid to troll people? (1)

gameboyhippo (827141) | about 5 months ago | (#45477035)

So do they apply for the job? I wonder if they have to list references or if being a frequent poster of reddit's /r/atheism or 4chan is enough.

Re:So how does one get paid to troll people? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 5 months ago | (#45477151)

So do they apply for the job? I wonder if they have to list references or if being a frequent poster of reddit's /r/atheism or 4chan is enough.

They probably just go in as the user they wish to insult, drop a few assertions in a 4chan-like forum, with scarcely concealed credentials (of the intended) and let nature take its course. Why pay when you can get people to do the work for you for free (as in beer) ?

A waste of time (2)

plopez (54068) | about 5 months ago | (#45477045)

They should have spent it on coming up with more ways of saying "We're sorry".

Re:A waste of time (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 5 months ago | (#45477209)

They should have spent it on coming up with more ways of saying "We're sorry".

While that makes the greater sense, where's the fun in doing the right thing, when you can do amazingly wrong things and then get caught, try to cover your ass and then hire yet-another company to harass your detractors?

The Internet - Not just for constructive collaboration anymore.

Re:A waste of time (1)

lebjoot (560242) | about 5 months ago | (#45477383)

[The Internet - Not just for constructive collaboration anymore.] Is this the /.-honeypot? Whatever. Who would have thought: harassment as a service. For more see: stopEG.com

Re:A waste of time (1)

richlv (778496) | about 5 months ago | (#45477255)

oh, saying sorry is a different topic.
dear bp, now is a chance to pretend you did not know this was going on and sue that company out of existence

Re:A waste of time (4, Funny)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 5 months ago | (#45477783)

They should have spent it on coming up with more ways of saying "We're sorry".

Being a multi-billion dollar megacorp means never having to say you're sorry.

Did not happen in the US (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477053)

"the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

Re:Did not happen in the US (5, Informative)

Desler (1608317) | about 5 months ago | (#45477101)

Wrong. It was within the US exclusive economic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Re:Did not happen in the US (3, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 5 months ago | (#45477381)

Wrong. It was within the US exclusive economic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Also, while the epicenter was out at sea, the soiled beaches were much closer to the coastline.

I am not sure this is the worst environmental disaster. I would consider the extinction of the North American megafauna during the pleistocene to be worse.

Re:Did not happen in the US (4, Informative)

Truth_Quark (219407) | about 5 months ago | (#45477609)

I would consider the extinction of the North American megafauna during the pleistocene to be worse.

While true, this is changing the subject, because it doesn't contradict the claim that "the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history." The Pleistocene was prehistoric. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477113)

"the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

No, it happened in the US Exclusive Economic zone, effectively US waters and by a company that may be British in namesake, but trades as well on the NYSE. That being said, it was the largest accidental spill in the petroleum industry's history, so does it really matter?

Re:Did not happen in the US (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477237)

Economic Exclusion Zones are non-territorial, and in particular this area is not "effectively US waters." Not by any stretch of the legal imagination. They are not under the sovereign control of the United States, and are not in her possession.

The OP is correct even if s/he is not using the correct terminology.

Re:Did not happen in the US (5, Insightful)

WWJohnBrowningDo (2792397) | about 5 months ago | (#45477317)

single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

But the summary didn't say "U.S. waters" or "U.S. territory". It said "U.S. history". Regardless where it took place, with 11 Americans dead, millions more affected, and criminal convictions in US courts, it was a huge part of US history.

Re:Did not happen in the US (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477127)

"the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

so where did all those tar balls go?

Re:Did not happen in the US (5, Funny)

blue trane (110704) | about 5 months ago | (#45477133)

How much did you get paid to make this post?!?

Re:Did not happen in the US (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477229)

How much did you get paid to make this post?!?

One Hundred Billion Bitcoins!

Wait a tick - that's not funny anymore.

*sobs hysterically for not getting in early when he could*

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477531)

*sobs hysterically for not getting in early when he could*

Getting in early is meaningless if you can't get out when you need to.

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477787)

I got in early, but got out too early.

Re:Did not happen in the US (2)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | about 5 months ago | (#45477137)

Even if that is technically true, then it's still correct to say "larger than any environmental disaster in U.S. history". I'm not sure that's any better. You work for BP, don't you?

Re:Did not happen in the US (5, Informative)

Desler (1608317) | about 5 months ago | (#45477147)

It isn't even technically true. Macondo Prospect is not international waters.

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477249)

Yes, it is technically true. While you are correct that it is not "international waters" by definition, it is "non-territorial" water, meaning it is not under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Economic Exclusion does not imply an extension of territory.

As the OP meant to say, the spill did not happen "in the United States."

Re:Did not happen in the US (2)

somepunk (720296) | about 5 months ago | (#45477207)

An awful lot of the oil, and environmental damage, was on the Gulf Coast. Not just U S waters, but US soil.

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477307)

Loss of job because of oil and gas will hurt BP as Maker, and backfire I knew this because I predicted Lost of Republicans in 2012, which let Obama thanks BP IDiot!

Really, dude? (5, Insightful)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 5 months ago | (#45477251)

"the single largest environmental disaster in U.S. history."

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

Really dude? Is this important?

Is there some official administrative "stamp" of accuracy for environmental disasters? Is there some "office of deflecting bad opinion" that is responsible for keeping people accurate?

This sounds *exactly* like something a paid troll would say. "Ya know, Vietnam wasn't really a war" and such-like.

Your statement only serves to defuse public outrage. It helps those responsible avoid and minimize any sense of responsibility to the public. We should be holding their feet to the fire, not looking for ways to find the situation acceptable.

And to be more clearly on point, the drilling was overseen by the Minerals Management Service [federalregister.gov], a federal agency responsible for the safety protocols of the drilling at the time, and whose failure allowed the accident to happen. It was very much a US disaster.

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477289)

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

I don't know what idiotic point are trying to make.

By early June 2010, oil had washed up on 125 miles (201 km) of Louisiana's coast and along Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama barrier island coastlines.

I'm pretty sure those states are all in the US.

Re:Did not happen in the US (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477373)

(Score:3, Dickless Twit)

Re:Did not happen in the US (1)

ArbitraryName (3391191) | about 5 months ago | (#45477493)

Why is where it originated relevant? It caused a great deal of environmental damage to places like Louisiana and Mississippi. I'm pretty sure those are in the United States. Regardless of where it came from, all that oil washing ashore caused an environmental disaster in the US.

Re:Did not happen in the US (5, Informative)

Blue Stone (582566) | about 5 months ago | (#45477607)

The oil spill did not happen in the United States. It happened in International Waters under the supervision of a British petroleum company.

A British company?

[J]ust how British is BP? Obviously it’s listed in London. And it’s got a British CEO. But BP employs 23,000 people in the US, compared to 10,000 UK workers. Around 40 per cent of BP’s shares are held in the UK. But around the same proportion is held in the US. And a glance at BP’s 2009 report (p29)shows that 26 per cent of BP’s crude oil production comes from the US (665,000 barrels a day out of 2,535,000 globally). A similar proportion of BP’s natural gas comes from the US. And 18 per cent of its oil is sold in the US too. And BP’s entire US operation is largely an inheritance from the 1998 merger with Amoco under Lord Browne.

So we have a company with a large number of American workers, a large number of American owners, which sells American oil and gas to American customers, which is being attacked by an American president for polluting the American coastline.

[source [independent.co.uk]]

Re:Did not happen in the US (1)

sjames (1099) | about 5 months ago | (#45477637)

And the spilled oil washed up on the cost of Mongolia.

No, wait, that doesn't sound right. AH! It washed up on the gulf coast of.....The United States.

Troll crumbs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477795)

Go down to the Gulf coast and say that to the faces of the Gulf fisherman who the spill effected, or the residents whose beaches were contaminated. I'm sure they'd agree with you most politely!

Re:Did not happen in the US (1)

dalias (1978986) | about 5 months ago | (#45477825)

Who's the idiot who modded this Informative? It's obviously trolling, which under most circumstances would be -1,Troll, but given the context, I think +1,Funny would have been more appropriate.

How would they get the IPs from Facebook? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477061)

If they were only trolling posters on the Facebook page, how would they figure out their IP addresses? Impossible unless they hacked into Facebook.

Re:How would they get the IPs from Facebook? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | about 5 months ago | (#45477331)

If they were only trolling posters on the Facebook page, how would they figure out their IP addresses? Impossible unless they hacked into Facebook.

The article is crap. It's basically a bunch of unsubstantiated allegations without even a shred of evidence. It's possible BP did the things they claim, but I cannot fathom why they would. Delete comments, sure, but threaten bodily harm? What would be the point?

Re:How would they get the IPs from Facebook? (0, Flamebait)

Ralph Wiggam (22354) | about 5 months ago | (#45477623)

On Slashdot (and plenty of other sites), allegations against oil companies, banks, and the US government are assumed to be true.

The same people love to mock Fox News viewers for believing lies that reinforce their existing biases.

They don't stay on facebook. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477069)

"Reputation managers" (Aka professional lairs) are everywhere. You'll see a lot of them here on slashdot. Remember all those copy-pasted shill posts apologizing for windows 8? That was a riot. Those key phrases and talking points stick out like a sore thumb.

Re:They don't stay on facebook. (4, Interesting)

Nerdfest (867930) | about 5 months ago | (#45477111)

The Sony ones are pretty classic too. I haven't noticed them for a while, but with new consoles out we may all be in for another treat.

Re:They don't stay on facebook. (2)

OzPeter (195038) | about 5 months ago | (#45477315)

"Reputation managers" (Aka professional lairs) are everywhere. You'll see a lot of them here on slashdot.

Yeah .. its been a while since I saw them here, but Natalie Portman must have hired them by the dozen.

Re:They don't stay on facebook. (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 5 months ago | (#45477365)

"Reputation managers" (Aka professional lairs) are everywhere. You'll see a lot of them here on slashdot.

Yeah .. its been a while since I saw them here, but Natalie Portman must have hired them by the dozen.

Nah; they were hired by http://www.srgtc.in/ [srgtc.in]

Re:They don't stay on facebook. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477509)

"Reputation managers" (Aka professional lairs) are everywhere.

So "reputation managers" are lawyers?

Re:They don't stay on facebook. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477667)

Yes, I am a paid shill for MSFT when I defend their products (NOT!) Of course what about the millions of Apple shills who get free sheet to troll?

So, let's troll BP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477085)

Who's up for taking down their servers, grabbing credit card numbers and ruining their image?

Re:So, let's troll BP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477185)

You wouldn't be talking about it if you could do it, fucking fake ass bitch.

Who gives a fuck? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477103)

No matter how much logic you use, no matter how many facts you present, groupthink will fuck you eventually. Pay or no pay.
 
That's the reason I just come here to troll anymore. Fuck Slashdot and fuck Islam.

No we^H^Hthey didnt! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477121)

How dare you even IMPLY such a thing?

Oh crap! They are on to me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477125)

And the last check hasn't yet cleared! I'm doomed, doomed I say!

I thought having the NSA on my butt was bad enough, now I'm going to have a zillion Slashdotters hounding me too.

Bloody Hell...

4CHN stock plummets (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477141)

An anonymous source working for Anonymous claims the group is not worried as the emerging trolls are "newfags [who] can't triforce". Some experts, however, are not as confident on the group's ability to adapt to the increasingly competitive trolling market. Anonymous has yet to comment on the matter.

Re:4CHN stock plummets (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477359)

Besides being unable to triforce, a major share of said newfags reportedly does not even lift, making them even less of a threat

Betteridge's law (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477149)

Betteridge's law

I just want to say... (5, Funny)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 5 months ago | (#45477169)

I just want to say that, though I often attack, bully, and sometimes insult people on this very forum, I'm not a paid shill.

It's more of a "calling [xkcd.com]".

(Wait... what? I can also get *paid*?)

This is why I always post as AC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477171)

Well, sort of. It pays to be paranoid.

Who can tell real comments from astroturf? (1)

guanxi (216397) | about 5 months ago | (#45477193)

Wouldn't you be surprised if many companies did not do it? Large companies? Politicians? Governments?

How many comments on Slashdot are astroturf?

Re:Who can tell real comments from astroturf? (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 5 months ago | (#45477443)

I'm waiting for the day political organizations engage in astroturfing with concerted efforts to silence critics of political positions they don't like by swamping it with sheer numbers to generate a false consensus.

This is independent of any natural give and take in debate.

Re:Who can tell real comments from astroturf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477525)

What is the Tea Party?

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/11/americans-for-prosperity-helped-churn-koch-linked-money.html

Re:Who can tell real comments from astroturf? (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477593)

Have you heard of the current canadian government? they basically came in to power and hired 1500+ communications graduates and only answer submitted questions with scripted responses

terminology (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477219)

"Troll" and "astroturf" don't even begin to describe that. A far more apt label would be "mercenary".

Title misleading and thought (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477221)

The article doesn't claim that BP did this, as the title in /. states, but rather mentions that BP has been accused of doing so to the Government Accountability Project. If the claim were true it doesn't seem to be a "smart" strategy for BP and somewhat flies in the face of their advertisement campaign and the amount of money they agreed to pay out. They might be stupid enough to cause a gigantic environmental disaster but are they stupid enough to be behind this?

Re:Title misleading and thought (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 5 months ago | (#45477409)

The article doesn't claim that BP did this, as the title in /. states, but rather mentions that BP has been accused of doing so to the Government Accountability Project. If the claim were true it doesn't seem to be a "smart" strategy for BP and somewhat flies in the face of their advertisement campaign and the amount of money they agreed to pay out. They might be stupid enough to cause a gigantic environmental disaster but are they stupid enough to be behind this?

Depends upon what you mean by "behind" -- likely, they paid the "image management firm" to "manage their image" -- and the firm they hired used these techniques when the standard ones weren't enough. I remember how fast BP was scrambling at the time; likely they hired the first firm that came recommended with good results and didn't take the time to do due diligence, as by then it would've been too late for their image.

NSA is dumb like that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477285)

NSA is dumb like that

And yet the shills say this never happens (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477313)

Point out on any Internet forum that pro-Obama, pro-Israel, pro-BBC, pro-Monsanto, etc posts are managed by armies of well organised, frequently well paid shills, and you'll get the usual catch all nonsense about tin-foil hat wearing 'conspiracy theorists'.

The funny thing is this. It is a matter of public record that each of the above mentioned entities, and others like them, engage in organised shilling/trolling of public forums. Obama, Israel, Monsanto and the BBC set aside massive budgets for covert 'PR' operations, and by 'covert' I mean that the posts themselves DENY an association with the entities paying to have the posts made on their behalf.

These operations rely on the sheeple having the memory of a goldfish, and a complete inability to research published descriptions of the campaigns themselves. It is like how 'Operation Northwoods' exists as a factual document describing in detail how the US government would carry out a 9/11 style false-flag, with the ABSOLUTE assumption that every major press organisation operating in the West in the 1960s (including the BBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYT etc) would have gone along with the lies, and declared ANYONE who disputed the OFFICIAL LIES about Cuban terrorism as an idiotic conspiracy nutcase. And yet, decades later, the self-same form of false flag operation was carried out, as per the requirement in the PNAC document, and yet at least 30% of the sheeple were STILL prepared to believe the official lies published in the mainstream media.

The strategy of attacking posters who provide the truth in their comments is a common pattern with these paid shills. You see, for instance, that the vile depraved racist regimes in Israel are NOT concerned with getting their lies to the sheeple- they really want to EXTERMINATE any other opinion. You see the actions of Israel at their very worst over on Wikipedia, where every article that relates to zionism or the goals of zionists in any way is re-written to be pro-zionist/pro-Israel/anti-Muslim, and Israel pays to ensure its cabal of editors have the highest editing privileges at Wikipedia, with the full cooperation of its owner/creator, Wales.

The owners of Slashdot do their part, of course, with their encouragement of pro-zionist troll posters as far as possible without destroying (entirely) the credibility of this site.

Human History enters its darkest times when those in power are allowed to act purely to accumulate even greater power. In these times, even the abuse of power itself becomes a 'war game', where those in power seek the total elimination of any that seek to expose them, or slow them, or rally the public against them.

For instance, the zionist terrorist State of Israel is awash with Nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and yet not one sanction is applied to the racist atrocities that rule Israel (for this reason) by any nation of the West. At the same time, nations of the West apply the most sickening sanctions against Iran for the 'crime' of having a civilian nuclear power program. The rulers of the West declare their nations to be 'NON-RACIST', and yet in this regard, every sheeple can see the racist treatment of Iran vs Israel. Israel has a vile history of using first world weapons against third world civilians. Iran has no recent history of attacking its neighbours, on the other hand.

In any rational, non-evil world, it would be the mass murdering monsters of Israel subject to the strongest sanctions imaginable. But Israel ensures its people and supporters control the mainstream media of the West, and troll every public forum. So the message the sheeple hear day after day is 'Israel good' and 'Iran bad'. This is why the form of PR abuse described in the article occurs- because Israel proves (and has proven over the last 70+ years) that it works.

Re:And yet the shills say this never happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477463)

Jew Hater ;p

Competitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477367)

Wouldn't it be amusing if this article was from a competing astroturfing company?

Yeah, I'm not convinced (4, Insightful)

Sowelu (713889) | about 5 months ago | (#45477375)

Burning karma in hopes that a 6 year old, moderately active account will dispel accusations of "shill":

I'm most certainly no friend of BP's, but the evidence presented in the story really is not that compelling. People on the internet are huge dicks even without being paid to do it, and some people have a lot of time on their hands. Maybe some of them are family of BP workers, or grunt paper shufflers in the company, or just assholes, but none of the evidence seems worthy of this headline.

Intriguing, worth looking into? Sure. But if your headline is "BP did this" instead of "BP accused of this", you need a hell of a lot better documentation.

Alarmism helps no one.

I think publishers do this on Amazon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477379)

Look at some of the comments on some reviews - like "Mindsight". Some of the comments are hostile, you think the reviewer said something bad about the commenter's mother! "The One Thing" is another.

I remember that (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 5 months ago | (#45477385)

I just thought it was an unusual number of trolls.

Now I find out they were PAID trolls.

Funny part: I used to own shares in BP/PLC.

Not trolling, harassing. (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 5 months ago | (#45477433)

Pedantic but this is not the definition of a troll at all. Steven King would be trolling in his grave if he'd heard this.

Completely protected here on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477583)

Posting as Anonymous Coward provides the level of security and privacy needed in these delicate matters.
BTW, my posting IP is 127.0.0.1...

BP trolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477653)

Who was it again? Was it Google who does those types of things so well? Or I know, it was Ogilvy and Co, but they farmed it out to Google, I bet. Google will do ANYTHINKG for money and control. They are worse than MSFT ever was and worse than Apple, IBM, etc.

Ogilvy & Mather (1)

jbolden (176878) | about 5 months ago | (#45477715)

Ogilvy & Mather is well respect advertising firm with hundreds of offices and part of WPP, an even larger firm. No way are they "internet trolls". Running a webpage for BP, sure. Doing quasi-illegal stuff, they could get caught for and likely aren't being much paid for.... I really really doubt it.

Re:Ogilvy & Mather (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477785)

Perfect example.

Microsoft too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477791)

Every windows 8 media article, commenter seem to love windows 8.
 

100% BULL! Look at the source idiots. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45477819)

Wow. Slashdot has turned into the website of fools. There isn't a SINGLE proven case of this and coming from the spaced out ALJAZEERA, what a joke.

I guess it's another pig story.

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