Jan 28, 2018

New York investigates company accused of selling fake Twitter followers

New York's chief prosecutor says the state is opening an investigation into a firm that allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users. The company, Devumi, stands accused of stealing real people's identities, which it denies, according to the New York Times. The company is registered at a New York City address, although the New York Times alleged it is a front, with its actual offices in Florida and it also employs workers in the Philippines. The New York Times found many well-known Twitter accounts have followers from the Devumi "Factory". Martha Lane Fox's Twitter account account showed "a series of follower purchases spanning more than a year", including a 25,000-follower boost days after she became a Twitter board member in April 2016.

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