Is influence a form of manipulation?

No. We will need to study what influence is in more detail as this argument seems a bit narrow minded. First of all, we need to differentiate two major types of influence:

  1. Personal influence that a person can have over their entourage or in a real life (IRL) work situation
  2. Online influence fueled by a structure and/or person on the internet, social media sites or their audience (through publishing articles on a blog for example).

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