Selling fake likes and follows is illegal, rules New York (State)

The settlement, announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James, is the first in the US to find that selling fake followers and likes is illegal deception, and that fake engagement via stolen identities is illegal impersonation.

Selling fake likes and follows is illegal, rules New York

Fake Is Everywhere

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Luis C. Almeida, Ph. D.

Let me reveal something to you. I spent two years of my life infiltrating social media communities to literally find out what these kids were up to. This article is going to be about what I’ve found in this investigation. It will focus on the social media platform, instagram for simplicity. Are you ready for this? Here we go.

Kids are faking, or shall we say cheating, their way into fame. There are systems out there that can give “immediate fame” to those who are willing to buy it. Let me give you an example. I’ve met at least 100 people in social media who is using the app ‘autolike’ and celebrating the fact that their accounts now receive thousands of likes per post. This app gives people the impression of being popular without having the popularity. How do I know it works or is real? Because I’ve tried it…

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Fake news vs fact in online battle for truth

Since US President Donald Trump weaponised the term “fake news” during the 2016 presidential election campaign, the phrase has gone viral.

Increasingly it is used by politicians around the world to denounce or dismiss news reports that do not fit their version of the truth.

But as news outlets defend their work, false information is saturating the political debate worldwide and undermining an already weak level of trust in the media and institutions.

The term has come to mean anything from a mistake to a parody or a deliberate misinterpretation of facts.

At the same time, misinformation online is increasingly visible in attempts to manipulate elections.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-fake-news-fact-online-truth.html