Private Internet Spies

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Creepy. Via Feministe, apparently there’s a group called Netvocates out on the internet that offers its services to businesses. And what sort of services might those be? Well, if a blog sullies the honor of the business in question, Netvocates will send out a swarm of right-wingers to troll the offending post with propaganda in the comments section. Meanwhile, the Rendon Group—about which more here—may be doing monitoring lefty blogs, for what purpose who knows. It all sounds conspiratorial, but seriously, check out the links.

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