Hidden Industry Dupes Social Media Users
Paying people to influence discussions in social media is big business in China and the U.S.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
BY TOM SIMONITE (MIT Technology Review)
A trawl of Chinese crowdsourcing websites—where people can earn a few pennies for small jobs such as labeling images—has uncovered a multimillion-dollar industry that pays hundreds of thousands of people to distort interactions in social networks and to post spam.