sock puppet

sock puppet (plural sock puppets)

  1. A puppet made from a sock placed over a hand.
  2. Synonym of puppet#English|puppet: A person completely controlled by another.
  3. (Internet, pejorative) An alternative pseudonymous online account, especially one used for abuse.
    Synonyms: sock
    • 2009, Andrew Lih, The Wikipedia Revolution, p. 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" […]
  • French: poupée de chiffon, marionnette
  • German: Sockenpuppe
  • Portuguese: fantoche de meia
  • Russian: ку́кла-петру́шка
  • Spanish: marioneta de calcetín, títere de mano

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