How low-paid workers at ‘click farms’ create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The Guardian

How much do you like courgettes? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

The ease with which a humble vegetable could win approval calls into question the basis on which many modern companies measure success online – through Facebook likes, YouTube video views and Twitter followers.

How low-paid workers at ‘click farms’ create appearance of online popularity | Technology | The Guardian

I’ve seen a lot of this type of activity on blog articles, as well… folks hoping that the additional traffic improves their search rankings.  The thing is, when we see these comments, are we more likely to actually read the article?

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