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On many forums and sites facilitating discussion, whenever the topic of consumerism is raised (eg. Android over iOS), there is a common accusation that one of the parties is a shill - someone paid to present an argument in favour of a corporation, while posing as a customer.

So large corporations such as Apple, Microsoft, Monsanto, and others actually use these methods?

closed as too broad by March Ho, Sklivvz Feb 17 '16 at 7:50

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    This question seems too broad, it is likely that at least one, but not all large companies have used shills at least once during their existence. – March Ho Feb 17 '16 at 5:58
  • Yep, this can't be disproved: voting to close. – Sklivvz Feb 17 '16 at 7:51
  • It is unquestionable that some large companies pay people to make pasts that benefit them on the internet without revealing that they are doing so on behalf of the company. – DJClayworth Feb 18 '16 at 17:03

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