In China: Hacked emails reveal China’s elaborate and absurd internet propaganda machine
"Shi Wenqing, an affable 60-year-old, was appointed secretary of the Ganzhou branch of the Communist Party—a position akin to mayor—in 2011. [....] Shi wants to present himself as a fresh thinker to his superiors in the party [....] During Shi’s [online] town halls, people are paid to post comments that make him and the government look as good as possible."
In the US: At Sears, Eddie Lampert's Warring Divisions Model Adds to the Troubles
"Word got around that Wexler was [Eddie] Lampert. Bosses started tracking how often employees were 'Pebbling.' One former business head says her group organized Pebble conversations about miscellaneous topics just to appear they were active users. Another group held 'Pebblejam' sessions to create the illusion they were using the network."Believe only half of what you read, none of what you hear, and assume everyone on the internet has an ulterior motive.