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internet brigade (plural internet brigades)
- (Singapore, derogatory) A group or groups of people who may or may not be government sanctioned and are perceived to defend the establishmentarian agenda and/or attack the opposition.
- 2009 January 11, “Has the PAP Internet Brigade lost its teeth?”, in Sgpolitics, archived from the original on 29 May 2016:
- This so-called “PAP Internet Brigade” was also accused of creating multiple monikers in various internet forums such as the once-popular Sammyboy Alfresco Coffeeshop forum and disrupting threads critical of the PAP by engaging in flame wars, personal attacks, defamatory statements, and impersonations.
- 2016 July 7, Ng E-Jay, “Internet brigade continue to game Facebook's algorithm to get activists banned and censored”, in The Independent (Singapore):
- It is known that there are a bunch of people whom we know as the PAP Internet Brigade (IB) who act as insurgents to spread the PAP’s propaganda and attack the opposition and activists online (this was reported in The Straits Times in 2007).
- 2017 March 1, “Government hires internet brigade to defend Lee Hsien Loong on BBC Facebook”, in States Times Review, Singapore: States Times Review, archived from the original on 2 November 2017:
- Like China, the Singapore government activated a team of internet brigade to defend Lee Hsien Loong’s embarrassing interview featured on BBC Facebook page.
Not commonly used in everyday discourse, though not uncommon in anti-establishment circles; typically found in social media, blogs or anti-establishment news sites.