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Buying fake followers in China’s “like” economy

Digitally China

29-08-2019 • 23 minutos

The business of selling clicks and fake accounts is the scourge of social media today, where anyone from wannabe influencers to political saboteurs can purchase likes, followers, and even comments.


In China, the issue is so severe that nearly a third of the country’s internet traffic last year was rated “abnormal”, according to third-party advertising data monitor Miaozhen Systems.


And though Chinese social media platforms from WeChat to Weibo to RED have repeatedly cracked down on fake and bot accounts, the shady business behind the “like” economy is alive and well.


In this episode of Digitally China, we’ll explore the factors that drive the creation and selling of fake engagement metrics in China, the impact, and the process and cost of actually buying them.


Episode outline:

  • Reasons motivating people to purchase fake engagement
  • How to buy followers and price comparison between platforms
  • Why platforms can’t get rid of the fake engagement business
  • Impact of fake metrics on brands and the saturation of Chinese social media platforms

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