sock puppetsock puppet
- a hand puppet consisting of a sock, typically having a simple or crude face
- a false identity, esp. one assumed online for participating anonymously in social networking websites, making comments on blogs or forums, etc.
- A hand puppet made from a sock.
- Computers A pseudonymous online identity adopted to further the user's real-life interests or to agree with sentiments the user has already expressed online.
(plural sock puppets)
sock puppet - Computer Definition
A phony name made up by a user in order to masquerade as someone else on the Internet. Sock puppets can make controversial comments or vote for or against a cause without revealing their identity. They may respond to their own Usenet or blog posts praising the articles they wrote themselves or disagree with comments criticizing them on other sites. The term comes from a pretend person made by placing a sock over one's hand. See meat puppet and astroturfing.