Inside the Fake Friend Industry: The Business of Buying Likes on Social Media

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  • Is This a Viable Business?
  • Duping Social Media
  • The Buying Backlash
  • How You Like Me Now?
  • The Solution
  • Buying Friends Cool or Nah?
  • What Are All the Clicks About?
  • What Is a Click Farm?
  • The Cost to Buy “Fake” Friends
  • Everyone Needs Friends. Even the State Department.
  • How to Detect if Someone Is Buying Fake Followers

The Buying Backlash

YouTube deleted billions of music industry video views last December after auditors found some videos apparently had exaggerated numbers of views. Twitter and Facebook also monitor accounts for trumped up social media counts. "In the end, their accounts are suspended, they're out the money and they lose the followers," Twitter Inc. spokesman Jim Prosser said.

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