Tyson Fury’s Post, The Curious Case of Duplicate Content and Plagiarism.

What was born as a personal reflection on how inspiring I found Tyson Fury’s journey in the form of a short social media post, turned out to be an anti-plagiarism campaign. In less than 24 hours.

On 3 December 2018 I published this post on Facebook and Linkedin.

Hours later on the same day I come across this on Facebook

Liam is the CEO and Co-founder of a social-media marketing agency called Social Strategy. I had used Social Strategy back in June to help me grow my personal brand. I’ve paid in advance (this becomes relevant later).

Then a few weeks later I decided to take the account back:

This is how I come to be connected to Liam.

Back to my Fury’s post…

I don’t want to embarrass Liam publicly by commenting (something like: “you took the words out of my mouth” or “I couldn’t have said it better”), so I send Liam a private message instead:

I get blocked.

I check Twitter and:

I get blocked.

So I send Liam an email:

To which Liam replies:

Now, normally I’d drop stuff like that and get on with work that matters. The problem is that I really don’t like feeling bullied and, if you ask anyone who works at Genie or anyone who had seen my talks at Google to other agencies, my whole mission for running a digital agency is to change what the word ‘agency’ means.

Many brands still feel very sceptical of using agencies and they feel that way because agencies get a bad press. Agencies get a bad press because some agencies are bad, operate with unethical approaches and are selfishly only focused on making as much cash as possible. Most are not like that. Most are good. But some are not.

If every agency did a great job, every agency would have more business as more advertisers would trust us.

I don’t know how good or bad Liam’s agency is, I’ve only used them for a few weeks, but Liam’s behaviour at this point makes me question his ethics. Him trying to threaten me with sharing that my post was copied (I am flattered but it wasn’t, it was a five-minute write up whilst sipping on a coffee), and dropping the “lawyers” line, sparked a little something. That and the fact that he blocked me made me curious.

So I decided to do a little investigation, a little ‘online analysis’.

A little research on the Social Strategy blog, revealed that some blog posts published on their blog, by either Liam Chick or Social Strategy, seemed to also be published on other blogs.

Oops… not looking good.

Out of the 11 posts present on the Social Strategy Blog as at 21:44 on Tuesday 4 December, 11 seem to be also on other sites, written by different authors, on earlier dates. And no one is crediting anyone.

Who’s copying who? I have my thoughts but you be the judge, here the list and links (they might be removed so I also included the screenshots):

https://www.socialstrategy.media/3outdatedinfluencermarketingpracticestoleavein2018

Also found on:

Social Media Today

https://www.socialstrategy.media/whatsappplanningtorolloutads

Also found on:

Social Media Today

These above are two of more (at the time of this writing) pieces which I found on both Social Strategy and SMT.

Here some from other sites:

https://www.socialstrategy.media/threeappsthatwillcontrolsocialmedia

Also found on:

Social Chain

https://www.socialstrategy.media/cokespicesupUKholidaycampaignonsocial

Also found on:

Food Dive

https://www.socialstrategy.media/exeterchristmasmarket

A very similar one found on:

Exeter Cathedral

https://www.socialstrategy.media/mentalhealthtysonfury

Also found on:

On my Facebook profile… where it all began.


Most of the content on Social Strategy blog was also on Social Media Today, mostly written by Andrew Hutchinson. I’ve reached out to Social Media Today to check, I gave Liam the benefit of the doubt; maybe he had permission. Sean Griffey, CEO and Co-Founder of Industry Dive, one of the companies behind Social Media Today was very quick to respond:

I reached out to Andrew too:

The content on Social Strategy is also present on other sites including Social Chain, led by the very inspirational Steven Bartlett.

What is this? Why?

An agency should embody the meaning of honesty, bravery and creativity. That’s what I stand for, that’s what we stand for here at Genie Goals.

Seeing things like this sickens me, it ruins the party for everyone, including, and fortunately mostly, the people in the wrong. But it also harm the trusting customers and consumers, those who put trust in us, those who we should serve and prove our worth to.

After I sent out this tweet (after sending Liam a private FB message and getting blocked):

he sent me this:

This whole ordeal has taken time out of my schedule. Like most of us, I’m busy. I’d much rather get on with work that builds, work that adds value. But allowing stuff like this to go unnoticed would be harmful to the whole industry.

It’d have been much easier to ignore it, to move on.

But I think we should always strive to do the right thing, even when the right thing is the hard thing to do. To me, this was the right thing to do. 

Update 8 December 2018

I’ve published this on my Linkedin timeline and other platforms yesterday, the 7th December (and will publish it on my Twitter one today) and today I see on the Social Strategy blog another two posts which are also on other sites. One on SMT which we know don’t approve, and one on The Next Scoop. On TNS, the date of the post is July 2017. 

Here the Social Strategy post (https://www.socialstrategy.media/socialmediacontenttipsbysocialstrategy)

And here the one on TNS

The post includes a tip I like a lot:

Do not copy other people’s content. 

Update 2 – 8 December 2018 – Gets Interesting. 

People are noticing the motions on Twitter and elsewhere and are beginning to voice their opinions on the matter. Liam has responded. 

He argued that: 

“we do all the marketing for Mr Senatore”.

This is incorrect. They have managed by Facebook page (not my personal profile which is where the Fury post was published) for less than 8 days, from the 13 June to the 21 June:  

He said that since I have not given notice to end the contract, all the content they write for me belongs to them. 

The don’t write content for me. And I have given notice: first to stop with Facebook (my email above) which which he agreed to: 

and then to stop all activity. 

Liam or anyone from Social Strategy never replied to that email or send me an invoice for the 30 days (I have paid in advance for the activity up to that point).

Today (8 December) Liam sent a reply to a tweet from one of the people that named and shamed him. He included in his reply, part of the agreement I’d signed with them. This included my personal address and signature (which I obscured in the screenshot below):

Not sure as I am not a lawyer, but this doesn’t seem like a good idea. I have now asked our lawyer to deal with this so we will all know soon. 

CONCLUSION

The update above is just to set the record straight. This isn’t about me, I don’t give a flying fuck about what Liam says about me, I now myself well enough and I those who know me know. 

This whole ordeal is in the name of being a good human, a good person and a brave enough professional to expose stuff like this. That’s what I am trying to do, in my little, safeguard our industry, the brands and advertisers who put their trust in us and the consumers and authors who read and write articles with trust and respect.

Liam and Social Strategy took content from other sites without permission or mention of the original authors, they have plagiarised

Hopefully this exposed the truth and I know that now people are watching, once you see it… you can’t unsee it. 

(hopefully) The End. 

Tyson Fury’s Post, The Curious Case of Duplicate Content and Plagiarism.

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