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Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake..
TechCrunch - Published

Captiv8 report highlights data for spotting fake followers

Captiv8, a company offering tools for brands to manage influencer marketing campaigns, has released its 2018 Fraud Influencer Marketing Benchmark Report. The goal is to give marketers the data they..
TechCrunch - Published

Videos for "Fake Followers"

Instagram Is Done With Fake Followers And Likes [Video]Instagram Is Done With Fake Followers And Likes  00:56

It's time to discover who is truly popular on Instagram.

Celebrity Wire - Published

Instagram Purges Fake Followers, Likes, And Comments [Video]Instagram Purges Fake Followers, Likes, And Comments  00:44

Instagram accounts bloated with fake likes and follows using third-party apps are about to be deflated. Since giving out the username and password to these types of apps can pose security risks,..

Wochit - Published

Twitter Removes Millions of Fake Followers [Video]Twitter Removes Millions of Fake Followers  02:18

It's being called the Great Twitter Purge. The social media platform just trashed tens of millions of fake accounts. Julie Watts reports. (7-13-18)

CBS 5 SF KPIX - Published

Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts [Video]Celebrities Are Losing Millions of Followers as Twitter Slashes Fake Accounts  01:05

With Twitter purging millions of suspicious accounts from its platform, celebrities and public figures are losing millions of followers.

Time - Published

Twitter Removing Millions of Accounts From Follower Counts [Video]Twitter Removing Millions of Accounts From Follower Counts  01:08

The effort is part of a campaign to cut down on fake accounts and abusive activity.

Newsy Studio - Published

Celebrities Who Have Purchased Fake Social Media Followers [Video]Celebrities Who Have Purchased Fake Social Media Followers  01:05

According to a New York Times report, these celebrities are suspected of purchasing fake followers on social media accounts. Picture & Footage:Getty Images Music:Audioblocks'Covert Agenda'

IBTimes - Published


How to spot a fake twitter follower

Earlier this year we covered some research from Duo Security published into the activities of Twitter bots. The company has now followed this with a look at how fake Twitter followers operate...
betanews - Published

Klear Influencer Marketing Platform Granted API Access to Pinterest

Visual Discovery Engine will Permit Klear Users to Discover, Collaborate and Track Pinterest Influencers TEL AVIV, Israel (PRWEB) September 18, 2018 Klear, an influencer marketing technology..
PRWeb - Published

Katy Perry and Obama lost more than 2 million followers overnight thanks to a new Twitter rule (TWTR)

katy perry and obama lost more than 2 million followers overnight thanks to a new twitter rule (twtr)
· *A recent Twitter crackdown on 'locked' accounts meant that high-profile users lost millions of followers overnight.* · *Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Barack Obama each lost more than two million..
Business Insider - Published

Obama and Other Big Names on Twitter Lose Millions of Fake Followers

As the platform began slashing fake accounts from users’ followers, some popular figures — including Ellen DeGeneres, Shaquille O’Neal, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Ashton Kutcher — lost a..
NYTimes.com - Published

From Trump to Bieber, Twitter wipes millions of followers from famous users

The great Twitter purge began Thursday afternoon, with fake followers disappearing from millions of accounts
CBS News - Published

Twitter Is Removing Millions Of Fake Followers From Users' Lists

The platform will take tens of millions of locked accounts off follower lists in an attempt to crack down on fraud.
NPR - Published

Twitter removes followers; Papa John apologizes

Where have all the followers gone? If you seem to be losing Twitter followers, you are not alone. The San Francisco company began removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users’..
SFGate - Published

Twitter has good news for once: quarterly profit

Twitter often feels like the digital equivalent of a swamp. The Russians used the service to disrupt the 2016 election. Famous people buy fake followers to make themselves seem more famous. Prominent..
SFGate - Published

Twitter’s Bot Problem Is Worse Than You Think

The issue of fake followers affects many stakeholders, and not positively.
Motley Fool - Published

'Fake follower' factory Devumi denies NYT exposé on shady practices

Twitter board member Martha Lane Fox didn't deny having fake followers on the company's network after a New York Times investigation exposed her. She blamed it on a "rogue employee." But in regards..
Mashable - Published

Fake Followers On Social Media Becoming A Big Issue For Some Employers And Advertisers

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is joining the investigation into fake followers on social media.
cbs4.com - Published

What you need to know in advertising today

what you need to know in advertising today
Carrot Creative was a success story. The digital advertising agency was founded by three college students in a Connecticut basement in 2005, and it hustled its way to the top, eventually being bought..
Business Insider - Published

NY State Attorney General On Why He's Going After Fake Social Media Accounts

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General, about his investigation of a company selling fake followers on social media. Some of the profiles being used have..
NPR - Published

Dozens Of Celebs BUSTED Using Fake (Or Stolen) Twitter Followers — And One May Even Lose His Job!

This is so thirsty! Remember last year when we found out half of Donald Trump's followers on Twitter were just bots (and we now know probably Russian ones)?? He was far from the only big name with a..
Perez Hilton - Published

Twitter Users are Buying Millions of Fake Followers, Black Market Exposed

Twitter is a platform that has always encouraged—perhaps unwittingly—competition in terms of user popularity. These days, fellow users of the ... Read More The post Twitter Users are Buying..
WebProNews - Published

New York AG will investigate firm selling fake followers to stars

Twitter bots are bad enough by themselves, but it's worse when they're built using real info -- and New York wants to clamp down. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation..
TUAW - Published Also reported by •engadgetReutersNYTimes.com

Paying to be popular: inside social media’s black market for fake followers

Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, the company..
Seattle Times - Published

Celebrities buy fake followers. Twitter: 🤷🤷🤷

A president, an actress from Scandal, an American Idol contestant, and a star quarterback were just four of the many influential figures found to have purchased fake Twitter followers, via a New York..
Mashable - Published

John McCain Begs For More Twitter Followers... Internet Says 'No'

john mccain begs for more twitter followers... internet says 'no'
Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., *lost almost 20,000 Twitter followers after asking his supporters to boost his following base*. McCain tweeted on Monday, that his Twitter account was..
Zero Hedge - Published

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Research Detects When Online Reviews and News Are a Paid-for Pack of Lies

Computer science professor Kyumin Lee is building algorithms to weed out crowdturfers with a high rate of accuracy WORCESTER, Mass. (PRWEB) November 15, 2017 A researcher at Worcester Polytechnic..
PRWeb - Published

Joy Villa: True MAGA Convert Or Trump Train Opportunist?

joy villa: true maga convert or trump train opportunist?
Content originally published at iBankCoin.com Singer and songwriter Joy Villa made waves in February when she showed up to the 2017 Grammy awards in a controversial “MAGA” dress, shocking the..
Zero Hedge - Published

San Antonio start-up roots out fake followers to find the real influencers

Predictive analytics on future consumer trends is one market that this local start-up seeks to tap into — and its got the attention of investors.
bizjournals - Published

Quench your thirst with Instagram likes from a vending machine

quench your thirst with instagram likes from a vending machine
Ever since the dawn of the internet, people have found a way to artificially make themselves look more popular online. In exchange for a small sum, various dodgy-looking websites have long promised to..
TUAW - Published Also reported by •engadget

Who REALLY Has The Most Twitter Followers?? (Katy Perry Is Actually 9th!)

We've seen which celebs have the most followers on Twitter before — or at least we thought we had! After we saw Twitter Audit's claims that a VERY significant portion of the top celebs' followers..
Perez Hilton - Published

Instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity (FB)

instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity (fb)
Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real Instagram followers and become..
Business Insider - Published

How to 10x Your Instagram Marketing

If you're reading this post, you've realized that Instagram is a growing platform that lets individuals and businesses alike create a brand for themselves. To the average user, it can seem like the..
Huffington Post - Published

6 Tips to Managing a Successful Social Media Channel

*1. Content is Key: * People get bored insanely easily, especially Generation Z, who has an attention span of less than a goldfish. If you want to organically grow your channels you need to make sure..
Huffington Post - Published

Ohio State touts football coach's million Twitter followers, more than half of which are apparently fake

Urban Meyer is the "first coach in football to reach 1 million followers on @twitter," Ohio State blasted out to the world via — what else? — Twitter on Sunday afternoon.  "NO fan base better..
Mashable - Published

Why Influencers Will Be Essential to Your Brand

By Phil Laboon The internet and social media have killed traditional advertising. Nobody watches television anymore, and hardly anyone listens to the radio. Billboards are ignored. Magazines and..
Huffington Post - Published

5 Reasons You Should Never Buy Followers

Organic reach is down and your social media strategy has stagnated, which means you are looking for a way out of it. So what can you do when you need to get more followers interested in your..
Huffington Post - Published

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