What is a “sock puppet” account. Basically, it is a fake account that someone hides anonymously behind. For a more in-depth definition Wikipedia provides this:
Why would someone do such a thing? There are many reasons. Some people are trying to protect themselves from online or real world attack , while some people are the attackers using the sock to try to hide their dirty deeds.
This post is about the anonymous, well sort of anonymous, Charles Smyth account on Facebook. Charles is a special snowflake among many special snowflakes that have been part of this sordid tale.
Charles would like you to think he is an internet friend of Joe and Nicole. A very close friend.
So close that Charles favors the same vulgar words that Joe and Nicole favor.
So close that Charles follows just about every post online about the Nauglers and is there in a jiffy to carry their banner into their internet war.
So close that Charles private messages the critics. Charles will be one of the first to attack a supporter who isn’t blindly touting the party line. Charles even has inside knowledge on people who had only opened their profile to the Nauglers, people Charles has never been friends with.
So close that Charles likes to direct veiled threats at the critics. Charles has a particular interest in serial killers or as he likes to call himself “cereal killer”.
So close that Charles has even been known to try to jumpstart new donation drives for the Nauglers.
Nicole finds absolutely nothing wrong with Charles. Charles is just a little “snarky”. Charles is their friend. Included in their little closed groups, praising them on their personal pages, cheerleading on their public ones.
Charles will tell you over and over again that he is not a Naugler. Not Joe, not Nicole. That Charles doesn’t run any pages, well, except this fake profile page.
Now remember Charles Smyth is a sock, a fake account, just some lone wolf who is Joe and Nicole’s knight in shining armor/shivering leghumper/little pet attack dog and sometime fundraiser.
Then just the other day Charles wrote this. This is why you shouldn’t try to juggle chain saws. (or hand grenades)
So the question is whose family? How could anyone possibly be attacking and stalking Charles’s unknowable, nonexistent family? Wait a minute! Whose family? Who exactly is Charles?
I have found throughout this sordid tale that Nicole often reveals her own actions when she is pointing the finger of blame at others. Many a day I have read one of her posts scratching my head about what she could possibly be talking about. Then lo and behold she does that same curious thing she had just accused other’s of doing.
Personally, I think it is more than one person using the same sock account. But who knows. They like to mix it up, a little Facebook foreplay. After all in this case I think I can safely say the couple that preys together, stays together. In the end does it really matter who Charles really is? I don’t think so. It is the acts, the words, and the how’s and why’s that matter. After all — Charles isn’t real. Charles is a sock puppet.
A small sampling of Charles’ posts. See if you can figure out who is playing Charles. This could be sheer coincidence.
Do you really care who Charles is or do you care what Charles does?
The motivation is interesting to say the least.
Courtesy of “the Nefarious Please”