A New York Times investigation made this shocking discovery:
Meet Jessica Rychly, a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She is a normal teenager on Facebook or Twitter, she sometimes and occasionally, like many teenagers, she posts a duck-face selfie.
But on Twitter, there is a version of Jessica that promoted accounts hawking Canadian real estate investments, cryptocurrency and a radio station in Ghana. The fake Jessica also followed or retweeted accounts using Arabic and Indonesian, languages the real Jessica does not speak and disturbingly her fake counterpart frequently promoted graphic pornography, retweeting accounts called Squirtamania and Porno Dan.
These fake accounts belong to customers of an obscure American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud. According to the New York Times, Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Devumi’s founder, German Calas, denied in an email exchange that his company sold fake followers and said he knew nothing about social identities stolen from real users. “The allegations are false, and we do not have knowledge of any such activity”
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Internet and social media giants have been in the spotlight lately with Twitter admitting that more than 50,000 Russia-linked accounts used its service to post automated material about the 2016 US election – a far greater number than previously disclosed.
Announcing the discovery in a post to its website late on Friday, the company said the posts had reached at least 677,775 Americans, all of whom would be receiving a warning by email.
And at Davos: – George Soros says that Facebook and Google are doomed:
Billionaire philanthropist and leading donor to liberal causes George Soros predicted Thursday that regulation and taxation will soon dethrone Facebook and Google, describing the tech industry’s major players as powerful monopolies that harm individuals, market innovation, and democracy.
Full story here: – Facebook and Google are Doomed – George Soros
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