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Sock puppet network case study

Absolutely years ago I wrote a fake Twitter account from the POV of an odd sock that got lost down the back of a chest of drawers. It was to some extent a satire of how all the inauthentic Twitter accounts were absolutely all Bad Russians, hence the name Socky Sockitskova.

When I got bored of that it became the cat’s Twitter feed for a while (her name was Pusshkin but I couldn’t be bothered to change the account name).

Anyway: this is quite a neat little case study of how fake accounts that at least try to appear real are used to shore up fake narratives.

The Unfold website is worth a minute or two of your time: it’s really low effort

…they didn’t even bother keeping the typography consistent between the X account and ‘actual’ website. They did manage to cover the terrifying “antisemitic” attack in Golders Green the other day. Prolly be gone by next week.

They are coy about who runs it… but left the Registrant Country unredacted :israel:

Domain Name: ufnews.io*

Registry Domain ID: a6210ace62e844da93edf52ca22734d4-DONUTS

Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namecheap.com

Registrar URL: https://www.namecheap.com/

Updated Date: 2023-12-03T11:09:47Z

Creation Date: 2023-11-28T11:09:17Z

Registry Expiry Date: 2024-11-28T11:09:17Z

Registrar: NameCheap, Inc.

Registrar IANA ID: 1068

Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namecheap.com

Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.9854014545

Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited EPP Status Codes | What Do They Mean, and Why Should I Know? - ICANN

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