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WhiteTara

(29,821 posts)
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 12:21 PM Jan 2018

New York Attorney General to Investigate Firm That Sells Fake Followers

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/27/technology/schneiderman-social-media-bots.html

The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions of fake followers on social media platforms, some of them copying real users’ personal information.

The company, Devumi, and its sale of automated followers to a swath of celebrities, sports stars, journalists and politicians, was detailed in a New York Times article published earlier on Saturday. While based in Florida, Devumi claims on its website to be based in New York City.

At least 55,000 of its “bot” accounts used names, pictures, hometowns and other details taken from people on Twitter. The real users hailed from every U.S. state, including New York, and dozens of countries, a Times analysis found.

“Impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law,” Mr. Schneiderman wrote on Twitter. “We’re opening an investigation into Devumi and its apparent sale of bots using stolen identities.”


This is really big stuff. Businesses are defrauded of millions every year and the orange anus gets followers. Go Eric!!!
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New York Attorney General to Investigate Firm That Sells Fake Followers (Original Post) WhiteTara Jan 2018 OP
Get thee to the greatest page malaise Jan 2018 #1
I saw that it made it to the LBN about 8 hours ago WhiteTara Jan 2018 #3
It's very important malaise Jan 2018 #4
I agree and thanks! WhiteTara Jan 2018 #5
K & R 50 Shades Of Blue Jan 2018 #2
Some politicians lost over a million "followers" when that NYT piece came out. (nt) ehrnst Feb 2018 #6

WhiteTara

(29,821 posts)
3. I saw that it made it to the LBN about 8 hours ago
Sun Jan 28, 2018, 12:28 PM
Jan 2018

but I thought it needed a day time push for encouragement.

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