An Army of Me: Sockpuppets in Online Discussion Communities

  title={An Army of Me: Sockpuppets in Online Discussion Communities},
  author={Srijan Kumar and Justin Cheng and Jure Leskovec and V. S. Subrahmanian},
  journal={Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web},
In online discussion communities, users can interact and share information and opinions on a wide variety of topics. However, some users may create multiple identities, or sockpuppets, and engage in undesired behavior by deceiving others or manipulating discussions. In this work, we study sockpuppetry across nine discussion communities, and show that sockpuppets differ from ordinary users in terms of their posting behavior, linguistic traits, as well as social network structure. Sockpuppets… 

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