Fake followers? No, thanks

Ethics does matter. When someone offers to sell you fake followers, don’t buy them. Fake is fake is fake – it’s deception and it’s a flat-out lie.

When I first joined Twitter in November 2015, I frequently got offered to buy fake followers from various rogue/anonymous accounts selling them in packs of 5K and up, and for as a little as $2USD.

At that time, Donald Trump already was making headway with his social media use and generating a lot of publicity from his tweets. His followers count grew by the minute as MAGA, fervent in their support for Trump, started flooding social media. 

NOW, Twitter users are aware that Trump’s followers are mostly bot accounts and those bot accounts are tweeting from a troll farm in Russia. People who purchase fake followers online not only compromise their personal data/credit card information to unknown entities operating in foreign countries, where bot accounts are made in the millions, but they also deceive the greater public and their sponsors on their perceived role as a social media influencer. 

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NewYork Attorney General investigating Devumi, a service that sells fake followers to social media influencers

NewYork AG Eric Schneiderman has put out the following response to NYTimes exposé.

Devumi has at least 3.5M fake bot accounts that it purchases from “bot makers” all over the world and sells them to more than 200,000 customers that include Randy Bryce, Louise Linton, Kathy Ireland, Hilary Rosen, and Martha Lane Fox, who sits on Twitter board. Its higher quality bots are made up of stolen social identities from real people.

No Sympathies for Moo? Social media laughs off Melania Trump

Social media reactions to Melania Trump’s spokeswoman decrying FakeNews have been met with humor and questions on what exactly Moo has done in her role as first floozy lady. Also, some have pointed out that Moo is Trump’s third wife – he already had been married to 2 other women before and cheated on both. 

As a recap, Moo has not pushed any legislations for a niche policy, set up any advocacy groups for a set agenda, or build up any coalitions to advance a cause. In other words, Moo has been completely useless in her role as first floozy lady while jet setting around at taxpayers expense – mostly to accompany Trump on his overseas trips. Moo did make a speech once against bullying at the U.N. without the slightest bit of awareness and if that wasn’t oblivious enough, she did it while decked out in a hot pink/puffy dress for a woman who was pushing 50 – and who was delivering remarks before a world stage. 

 

That’s my tweet! Coming across your own tweets on published news sites

I did a Google search on my Twitter handle @PepperGii and was surprised to find my tweets showing up across various news sites. Apparently, your tweets maybe more popular than you realize and are getting picked up/embedded as part of a news article. Here’s a list of the ones I found so far:

Blue State Daily: Steve Mnuchin’s Wife Knows She’s Better Than Everyone Else

FresnoBee: French magazine mocks Harvey’s victims: ‘God Exists! He Drowned All the Neo Nazis of Texas!’

MiamiHerald: French magazine mocks Harvey’s victims: ‘God Exists! He Drowned All the Neo Nazis of Texas!’

HuffPost: Donald Trump Just Had To Comment On French First Lady Brigitte Macron’s ‘Good Shape’

DagensNyhater: Kritik mot Donald Trump efter kommentar om Brigitte Macrons kropp

CarbonatedTV: Trump Opens ‘Made In America Week’ — His Own Products Are Made Abroad