Mitt Romney Campaign Busted Buying Hundreds of Thousands of Facebook LIKES and Twitter Followers


Twitter

The Mitt Romney became extremely popular on Twitter on the 20th of July.  How?  They began buying twitter followers. In fact, his account started adding followers at a rate of 25 per second.

Before the 20th of July, Romney’s typical average of 3,ooo-4,000 per day increased some twenty fold to over 62,000 in a single day, according to TwitterCounter.com. But the new followers are highly suspect. From “empty” accounts to pornbots, spambots, Justin Beiber-related accounts, Obama supporters and foreign accounts, the followers tell a puzzling tale, suggesting spam automation, purchased traffic or perhaps even sabotage.

How is this possible?  Google ‘buy twitter followers’ and you will see.  The sites which offer this service actually do deliver the followers.  It will add thousands of fake accounts that it has created in a matter of days and in some cases, a matter of hours.  If you look at the chart above, you will see this is exactly what happened.

Facebook

Buying Facebook Likes while bragging about how many Facebook Likes you have – sad :-( 

The same thing happened at the same time.  As you can see in the chart above, Mitt had seen a steady rise in the number of Facebook likes, then, magically on August 1st a spike. At the same time, Romney set the lofty goal of reaching 3 million Facebook likes.  Propaganda for the digital age – purchased popularity.

Again, all you need to do is google “buy facebook followers” and you will see dozens of companies ready to help.  In most cases, these services are used by companies in order to give them an initial ‘boost’ when first setting up a Facebook fan page for their business.

Given the fact there are an estimated 80 million FAKE accounts, I bet he makes his goal.

Facebook in the News for “Fake” Profiles

Facebook’s fake accounts problem has made the news in recent days. Given the fact that there are an estimated 83 million fake Facebook profiles (which can be used to deliver LIKES), I think it is a safe bet

83 million Facebook accounts are fakes and dupes (cnn.com – August 1, 2012)

So what are those 83 million undesired accounts doing? They’re a mixture of innocent and malicious, and Facebook has divvied them up into three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts and “undesirable” accounts.

Duplicate accounts make up 4.8% (45.8 million) of Facebook’s total active member tally. According to the network’s terms of service, users are not allowed to have more than one Facebook personal account or make accounts on behalf of other people.

Misclassified accounts are personal profiles that have been made for companies, groups or pets. Those types of profiles (22.9 million) are allowed on Facebook, but they need to be created as Pages. Facebook estimates that 2.4% of its active accounts are these non-human personal accounts.

The third group is the smallest — just 1.5% of all active accounts — but most troublesome. There are 14.3 million undesirable accounts that Facebook believes have been created specifically for purposes that violate the companies terms, like spamming.

Media Establishment Falling “Hook-Line-and-Sinker” for Social Media Manipulation

The “Twitter Political Index,” was launched last Wednesday by Twitter. It claims to track enthusiasm levels for President Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney based on an average of 2 million tweets a week that mention the candidates.

Similar to an approval rating from an opinion poll, the daily index runs from zero to 100: a 50 rating is neutral, anything above that is positive, below is negative. The Twitter index began appearing last Wednesday in the USA TODAY.

Four years ago it was Digg, now it is Facebook and Twitter.  You would think that the press would wise up to its shortcomings, but it looks like it is falling for the same game.  Just how accurate can any system be when you can purchase hundreds of thousands of accounts?  I can’t be accurate – but USA TODAY doesn’t seem to mind.  It gives them a colorful little info-graphic, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.

Morals of the Story

The Mitt Romney campaign is exhibiting unprecedented social media dishonesty.  Purchasing followers and Facebook likes is not only pathetic, but shows his willingness to deceive the public.  Looks like he is willing to do and say just about anything to get into office.

And in the pursuit of viewers, the press is willing to do the same thing.  When sensationalism replaces journalism, they are more than willing to look the other way when obvious manipulation is taking place.

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28 Responses to Mitt Romney Campaign Busted Buying Hundreds of Thousands of Facebook LIKES and Twitter Followers

  1. Mark Turner says:

    Good catch!

    Yesterday, I was surprised to find my Facebook account had somehow liked Romney’s page without my permission. I’ve heard other FB users say the same thing.

    I’m tracking down this activity on my blog. If you know of anyone who’s suddenly found themselves a fan of Mitt Romney on Facebook, please have them get in touch. Thanks!

    • Patrick barley says:

      My account on FB was also listed as a “like” by Romney. That would never be something I personally would chose, so I got spammed somehow.

    • I checked after reading this and found I was also a fan of Romney! It was the first time I had been to his page…

    • LH JACKSON says:

      MY FACEBOOK PROFILE WAS STOLEN ALSO, WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. AND IT SAID THAT THIS PERSONLIKES MITT ROMNEY, WHICH IS A DAMN LIE. I AM OBAMA ALL THE WAY. AND I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS SAYING THE SAME THING.

      • LH JACKSON says:

        IT’S NOT ONLY COMING THOUGH FOR MITT ROMNEY, IT’S ALSO COMING THOUGH FOR RYAN, AND THAT MICHELLE, CHINESE OR JAPAN PERSON THAT BE ON FOX CABLE NEWS WITH THE NASTY ATTITUDE TOWARD THE PRESIDENT.

    • Beth says:

      I’m one of those people as well. 2 mysterious likes of Mittens in 3 days. I’ve already voted for Obama . I suspect that I liked something that appealed to me but was a fake site. Bastards.

    • CJ says:

      I want to know why this happens as several of my friends (real, active users) have found themselves as followers of Romney throughout the last few months. I have a feeling it’s tied to apps somehow since they have so much access to user’s profiles.

  2. ilinap says:

    I had this happen to me, and as an outspoken Obama supporter, I was horrified. A friend spotted it on Facebook and texted a screen shot to me. A whole new low in political campaigning.

  3. Meagan says:

    I told my husband that I have been seeing friends of his that we KNOW would never vote for Romney “like” him on facebook. We are discussing this while family is visiting and then my husbands father tells me that he saw I had “liked” Romney on facebook a couple of weeks ago. I would know if I had done this. I would rather eat a hand full of stink bugs. I do not like this one bit.

  4. Laura says:

    I, too, keep finding the results of my “likes” of Romney in my feed. I have never done so. I remove one and another appears. I have hit “like” on several Obama sites. I’m surprised that feed isn’t coming through my feed with regularity. Sad, worrisome and something those that really do hit “like” should think about. His version of trick or treat?

  5. Victoria says:

    Time to check my status I would never like Willard or Ryan.

  6. George Kerr says:

    Hang em high, he need to have a life in jail, hes a big waste of skin!!!

  7. yoli says:

    If you leave a comment on Romney’s Facebook it automatically makes you “like” it. You have to go back and unlike the page. I had this happen. And it has happened to my friends.

  8. Zane says:

    Oh.. this is not good news.. or maybe it is, but a bit late. I had no idea that there were people having LIKEs for Mitt Romney who didn’t actually LIKE him themselves. How is this even possible without some kind of hack of Facebook? This is scary.. very scary and also a bit humbling, as I have thought some really bad things about people that I thought were better. I need to issue a blanket apology for thinking bad thoughts about some of my facebook friends.

  9. Rob says:

    I’ve noticed somtehing wired with my twitter account- apparantly I follow people who I even never known.

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