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Twitter's Fake Follower Controversy Exposes Social Media's Underlying ...

Actors, models, businesspeople, athletes, adult entertainers, and others have all bought Fake followers from a shadowy company known as Devumi, as the New York Times exhaustively demonstrated in a recent story .

A writer for the Hill, Concha claims that he had purchased followers on the advice of a social media firm, and that he subsequently “deleted” many of the fake accounts.

Busy businessman Michael Dell, another figure named in the article, left his 1.23 million followers in suspense , declining to tweet anything at all over the weekend.

That’s because their conduct lays bare a basic truth of Twitter: On a site where popularity is a question of statistics, fake fame may be less embarrassing than real obscurity.

Uetricht explained that Jacobin’s staff had falsely inflated its reach in the hopes of impressing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when they were attempting to convince the athlete and commentator to write for them.

READ MORE (Slate Magazine)

  • 55 Celebrities and More Who Have Fake Followers, According to The New York TimesNewsweek
  • Michael Symon, other celebrities caught with fake Twitter followers, NY Times
  • The Fake-News Epidemic Is Worse Than We ImaginedVanity Fair
  • Social platforms want you to buy
  • More Scrutiny for Twitter Over Fake AccountsBarron's
  • New York Attorney General Opens Probe into Company Selling Fake Twitter FollowersObserver
  • US company sells over 200 million twitter followersIrish Times
  • Paul Hollywood deletes Twitter account after being accused of buying followersEvening Standard
  • Twitter bots are stealing social media identities for

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