David Suzuki Foundation using fake Falun Gong Chinese spammers for “SEO”

Someone at the David Suzuki Foundation needs to re-think their “Search Engine Optimization” strategy.

Farming it out to Chinese spammers probably wasn’t a great idea.

I uncovered this today when I noticed an inordinate number of tweets about David Suzuki’s latest opinion piece about farmed salmon, co-authored with Jay Ritchlin.

The tweets were all identically worded, and all appeared at exactly the same time.

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Interesting, n’est pas?

But what really caught my interest was when I started clicking on some of these profiles to see who the hell are all these people.

A good handful of them had also tweeted an identically-worded comment about something completely different: the upcoming video game from Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. It appears these tweets were posted for the electronics chain Best Buy.

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The real kicker is that most of these accounts claim to be either linked to the Epoch Times, which is linked with the Falun Gong spiritual movement in China, or  claim to be linked directly with Falun Gong.

But they have very few followers.

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They are spam services masquerading as legitimate accounts, impersonating Falun Gong supporters to avoid detection and deletion.

I’m not surprised Best Buy uses these types of services, but it’s a surprise to learn that the sanctimonious David Suzuki Foundation uses them too.

 

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2 thoughts on “David Suzuki Foundation using fake Falun Gong Chinese spammers for “SEO””

  1. Hi, just for the record: I write for the Epoch Times. As far as I am aware — and I would say this with supreme confidence — none of the accounts in question are related to the publication. (Indeed, a particularly bizarre form of spam!)

    1. Thanks Matthew, and I didn’t think they were associated with the publication either. I was trying to point that out, hopefully that was clear. These spammers seem to be trying to evade detection by posing as legitimate sources, why they chose the Epoch Times / Falun Gong is beyond me!

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