Tory backed “grassroots” campaign is ‘buying Facebook likes from India’

The Tory website Right Angle – whose directors were exposed by Scrapbook yesterday for their links to a controversial Ukrainian oligarch — appears to be paying money to artificially inflate its follower count on Facebook.

The organisation, whose founders include Conservative MP Robert Halfon, are so desperate to emulate the success of progressive operations such as 38 Degrees and Avaaz that they appear to be purchasing Facebook “likes” in bulk.

With more than 9,000 Facebook likes in the space of a few days then reducing to a trickle, social media industry insiders have confirmed to Scrapbook that this pattern is entirely consistent with the many companies which offer to inflate Facebook likes for a fee.

New followers quicly fall from thousands to nearly zero

Despite having a Facebook following likely composed of fake accounts, Right Angle still claim to be a “grassroots community”:

“Right Angle is a grassroots community. We exist to stand up for ordinary families – Britain’s silent majority.”

The claims to stand for “Britain’s silent majority” seem odd given that most of their new likes are from, erm, teenagers living in New Delhi:

Robert Halfon MP is really popular in India

Right Angle: standing up for South Asia’s silent majority!

13 Comments

  1. Posted April 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    AMazing. Why do this? Try to keep support real, it will only inflate your standing.

  2. Posted April 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Talk about desperation! They kick off their venture by being deceitful, dishonest. lying and deliberately misleading the public, so it’s business as usual “Same Old Toxic Tories”, just so predictable.

  3. Jon W
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, this is desperate and a lame thing to do. Right Angle is a terrible name too. Massive fail all over.

  4. Celia
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    If they likes india so much I suggest they move there…

  5. Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Forgot to add I have never heard of such a lame thing to have in their bio as “silent majority” if these people are silent it is massively presumptuous to proclaim that this group is standing up for them, if they are silent then no one knows what they want or believe in. Total amateurish!

  6. Tom
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I bet the Tories wish they could buy votes as easily and cheaply as ‘Likes’.

  7. Tom
    Posted April 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    I bet the Tories wish they could buy votes as easily and cheaply as ‘Likes’.

  8. Alex
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    “I bet the Tories wish they could buy votes as easily and cheaply as ‘Likes’.”

    Err… how many people read the Daily Mail, or Telegraph?

  9. Scaraavilious
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    This is absolutely disgusting. Itshould be illegal for any political party to fake support in this manner.

  10. Posted April 15, 2012 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    I wonder if the Torys will be “liking “this very brave mans Facebook page which he has used as well as Youtube to beg Dave to save his job…http://redrag1.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/red-rag-you-must-be-so-proud-mr-cameron.html.

    His name is Steven Collins, and can be found campaigning against the Remploy closures here…http://www.facebook.com/steven.j.collins1

  11. Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Oh come on. Right Angle are just doing their bit to get immigration down. By paying Indians money to “Like” they from India, they won’t need to come to Britain to get a job! Genius, eh?

  12. cori
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Hello

  13. Posted November 10, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

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