Investigating The Ecosystem of Fake: Preceding The Times

We’re not crazy. High-five! Happy understates how we felt reading the New York Times feature “The Follower Factory.”

And before this article, we have to acknowledge feeling the same way about the work of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism,“Astroturfing, Twitterbots, Amplification — Inside the Online Influence Industry.”

Researching and reporting about the ecosystem of fake has been our focus since November 2016. We’re also okay with the constraints of being a team that’s idea rich, and resource challenged.

While actively observing this complex social stage, understanding how far reaching this network of fake profiles stretches, yet it’s been a little frustrating not being able to pull back the curtain and expose those who are manipulating the strings and profiting from the deceit. Nonetheless, it’s meaningful seeing these issues reaching a much bigger audience.


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