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See also: sockpuppet
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- A puppet made from a sock placed over a hand.
- Synonym of : A person completely controlled by another.
- (Internet, derogatory) An alternative pseudonymous online account, especially one used for abuse.
- 2009, Andrew Lih, The Wikipedia Revolution, page 303:
- Trying to prove that a new user is simply a previous user in a new sock puppet is quite hard for the ordinary user and even administrators.
- 2014, Timothy R. Levine, Encyclopedia of Deception, Vol. II, s.v. Sockpuppetry:
- The Internet has created many opportunities for online voting. Unscrupulous people will create sock puppets in order to stuff online ballot boxes. In other cases, a sock puppeteer may create multiple identities to support arguments, voice opinions, or otherwise create the online illusion that may people support the sock puppeteer. This practice is called a "Sybil attack" […]
simple puppet made from a sock
second account created by a user in an online community