New York’s attorney general is investigating a company that sells fake followers on social media

Following an extensive report published yesterday by The New York Times about the industry that provides fake followers to social media users, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced that he has opened an investigation into the company featured in the article, Devumi.

The use of automated bots and accounts on sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been thrust into the public consciousness in recent months as major social media sites have confirmed that such tools were deployed during the 2016 Presidential election, and after bots were used for online public commenting periods, and other events. Last November, Schneiderman revealed that his office was investigating comments left by fake accounts on the FCC’s website that…

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