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

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  • How to Detect if Someone Is Buying Fake Followers
  • 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.

Duping Social Media

Software used to generate clicks and likes attempts to dupe social media with codes created to go around the traditional way to get likes from real people. However, tech giants like YouTube, Google and Twitter counteracted the software and began regularly sweeping user accounts.

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