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Another AstroTurf Scam Exposed?

Violation of EU law

Microsoft AstroTurfing is a reality and undeniable fact, not just a reasonable assumption. Using concrete proof and admission from Microsoft, we last showed this a month ago. We also asserted that one of the key people who organise AstroTurf campaigns for Microsoft -- a gentleman who goes by the name of Marshall Goldberg -- was seemingly leaving fake reviews in Amazon.



Well, thanks to this new report, it seems like there is a whole business behind fake reviews in Amazon.

I just contacted Belkin to confirm but this doesn’t look good. A site called The Daily Background found evidence that Belkin Bizdev guy, Michael Bayard, is paying folks 65 cents to write good things about Belkin routers. Why? I’m not sure. I sure didn’t mind Belkin routers in the first place and 65 cents isn’t a lot of money for a paragraph. Maybe a flat buck or a USB hub instead? Is false praise really that cheap?


We are not through with such exploration of AstroTurfing by Microsoft because it is a crime in the European Union. The company can probably be sued already because there is sufficient evidence and victims.

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