Tactic stage: TA17
Summary: Flooding and/or mobbing social media channels feeds and/or hashtag with excessive volume of content to control/shape online conversations and/or drown out opposing points of view. Bots and/or patriotic trolls are effective tools to acheive this effect.
Detection methods include:
- E000030 Saudi bots: 2018: bots flood social media promoting messages which support Saudi Arabia with intent to cast doubt on allegations that the kingdom was involved in Khashoggi’s death.
Seen in incidents:
- I00033 as 2,000,000 people (est.) part of state run/sponsored astroturfing:
- I00034 as flood the Facebook pages of Taiwanese politicians and news agencies with a pro-PRC message:
- I00034 as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), attracted nearly 40,000 Facebook comments in just eight hours.: