Crackdowns on Social Media Accounts Backfire by Driving up Demand
- Nikita Biryukov for NBC News April 18th, 2017
- Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/crackdowns-social-media-accounts-backfire-driving-demand-n746841
Facebook shut down as many as 30,000 fake accounts in the past week — but that's unlikely to hurt the multi-million-dollar spam industry.
In fact, since Facebook's post-election housecleaning, it's become even more lucrative for spammers to pump out "inauthentic accounts." The asking price on the black market for 1,000 fake accounts used to be $20, but security changes by the social network giant only succeeded in driving up prices.