Stephen Colbert, after hearing that FOX News used fake commenter accounts to offset negative blog feedback, decided it would be great to offer them a hand! According to Davin Folkenflik, author of Murdoch’s World, one staffer recalled using 20 different aliases to offset negative and even neutral comment.
“You have to police the comment section,” says Colbert, “That’s the most import part of an online article. It’s the only reason I know that the ongoing war in Syria is GAAAAAY….Ron Paul 2012.”
Rob Dubbin, one of Colbert’s writers who Colbert says was specifically supposed to be unnamed, created RealHumanPraise. The bot, offering “Legitimate Reviews From 100% People, every two minutes,” takes actual positive movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and replaces names with FOX shows and personalities.
The bot has been running for about week, and has posted nearly 6,000 Tweets thus far. Colbert says it will “keep talking until someone pulls the plug”…just like Bill O’Reilly.