Jason Goodman's fake CROWDSOURCE may be illegal under New York law, court documents allege

Updated: Aug 29, 2020


In a startling revelation, court documents filed in the New York City Jason Goodman slander, defamation and libel lawsuit indicate that Jason Goodman's CROWDSOURCE THE TRUTH conspiracy social media brand may be illegal under New York's consumer and unfair practices law (see New York General Business Law sections 349 and 350).

Ironically, it appears that the disclosures concerning Inform and Influence Activities (IIA) in Millie Weaver's "ShadowGate" documentary film -- starring PFC Patrick Bergy -- may have led to this recent allegation.

The core of IIA, according to PFC Bergy (a frequent Jason Goodman podcast side-kick) is the manipulation of public opinion via the use of deception with "sock puppet" social media accounts and the use of "bots" to create false public consensus and popularity. For example, one person controlling 15-25 fake personas.

Above: PFC Patrick Bergy appears with Jason Goodman on the conspiracy show CROWDSOURCE THE TRUTH

Above: "Conspiracy theorist" Jason Goodman who "concocted outlandish conspiracy theories", Hon. Valerie Caproni, New York federal judge.

Recently the New York state Attorney General has declared social media influencers (like Goodman) that rely on "sock puppets" and "bots" are operating against New York's General Business Law (GBL).

"NEW YORK – Attorney General Letitia James today announced a precedent-setting settlement over the sale of fake followers, “likes,” and views on social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube, using fake activity from false accounts. The settlement prohibits Devumi LLC and related companies (“Devumi”) from engaging in any of the same misconduct going forward. This settlement marks the first finding by a law enforcement agency that selling fake social media engagement and using stolen identities to engage in online activity is illegal.  

“Bots and other fake accounts have been running rampant on social media platforms, often stealing real people’s identities to carry out fraud,” said Attorney General Letitia James. “As people and companies like Devumi continue to make a quick buck by lying to honest Americans, my office will continue to find and stop anyone who sells online deception. With this settlement, we are sending a clear message that anyone profiting off of deception and impersonation is breaking the law and will be held accountable.” "

"For individuals and businesses looking for the recipe for social media influence, there are a few ingredients to avoid: fake followers, phony subscribers, and bogus likes. But according to the FTC, that’s what Devumi and CEO German Calas, Jr., sold to people trying to artificially inflate their presence on social media.

The FTC alleges that by selling fake indicators of social media influence, the defendants provided customers with the means and instrumentalities to commit deceptive acts or practices – which itself violates the FTC Act."

Above: PFC Patrick Bergy listens to CROWDSOUCE THE TRUTH interviewer

Above: Military solicitation announcement for fake "sock puppet" software, circa 2010


The latest "Supplemental Complaint" cites allegations made two years ago in the slander, defamation and libel lawsuit that orbit Quinn Michaels, aka Korey Atkin (a former Jason Goodman side-kick, visited at hospital bed side by Goodman). Two years ago Michaels (Atkin) apparently made a series of videos describing the "sock puppet" and "bot" nature of social media influence operations (IIA).

Michaels's comments led to widespread suspicions that CROWDSOURCE THE TRUTH was using fake "likes", fake "subscribers" and fake "comments" to create the false impression that Jason Goodman's conspiracy brand was more popular than it really was (or currently is). If so, this is now considered illegal in New York State.

Above: Quinn Michaels reveals secrets about Jason Goodman


The latest court documents can be viewed here:

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