Today a campaign on behalf of a public relations firm to skew online debate about the Canadian election was caught using Craigslist to recruit new writers to their cause.
The series of job postings appeared in major cities across the country, and invited prospective writers to apply for jobs to post on newspaper comment sections, media forums, facebook pages, and other online outlets. The goal? To “help balance the left-wing bias of the major media outlets”.
Though the ads were promptly flagged and removed from Craigslist, we scored a screen cap.
With Canada early on into an election campaign, one can only wonder on just what scale this type of organized astroturf online trolling exists.