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Postby Hairyloon » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:24 pm

Someone just sent me a link to this story.
According to some reports, last Sunday saw the beginning of a virtual coup of Facebook’s largest Jeremy Corbyn supporters group entitled ‘I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn‘.#
Today, Thursday, saw that virtual coup take hold to its fullest, at just before midnight the groups membership had plummeted from over 15,000 members to less than 8,000. (5,000 by 1.30am Friday morning)
An account, presumably fake, by the name of ‘Artem Kalita‘ had allegedly posed as a representative of the Labour Party and convinced the original administration team to allow him onto the admin panel.
In the world of Facebook groups any administrator of a Facebook group can kick anyone out of the group including the groups creator.
This is exactly what happened leaving Artem the sole administrator of the group...

Artems Facebook profile has one key pointer as to his agenda as shown by the image below, some have speculated that aside from just being a Conservative Party supporter the profile may be what is known as a professional troll.
This is someone who is paid to conduct actions like that has been described in this article, the only question that would remain is by whom?


Has an offence been committed?
The Computer Misuse Act 1990 would seem to be the obvious place, but this seems to me to slip through the gaps.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby dls » Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:50 pm

According to some reports,

is not exactly intended to engender confidence
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby Hairyloon » Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:32 pm

dls wrote:
According to some reports,

is not exactly intended to engender confidence

Perhaps they are only guessing, but if it happened as described, then has any law been broken?
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby dls » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:20 am

CMA unauthorised modification - but it depends upon the terms.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:44 pm

dls wrote:CMA unauthorised modification - but it depends upon the terms.

What terms are normally set out when one appoints an administrator to an internet group?
We can reasonably assume that he was not supposed to do what he did, but I don't think we can assume that he was not authorised to do it, unless there is some mechanism established in law that sets out how much authority one can infer in a given situation.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby atticus » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:46 pm

facebook terms are likely to apply to a facebook group.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:03 pm

Is that supposed to be a helpful comment?q
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby dls » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:07 pm

It was helpful, and I can see no reason for thinking it might not be. It is where you will find your answer, if any exists.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby atticus » Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:24 pm

Hairyloon wrote:Is that supposed to be a helpful comment?

Yes, mainly because it was exactly one hundred percent correct. Website terms and conditions set out the rules. In your case, the mistake, if there was one, was in the selection of the persion to whom administrator powers were given.
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Re: Professional Trolls

Postby Hairyloon » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:14 pm

Those would be the rules for the website, but any sensible group would in addition set out their own rules to define the authority of the administrators.
An administrator who breaks those rules would be in breach of CMA, but may be within the websites rules.
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