Rakesh Gupta

48 days ago

Inside social media’s black market: Celebrities, athletes and politicians are buying millions of fake followers, while social media companies struggle to stop them. Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it.
Celebrities, athletes,
pundits and politicians have
millions of fake followers.

The Follower Factory


The real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone. When she goes on Facebook or Twitter, she sometimes muses about being bored or trades jokes with friends. Occasionally, like many teenagers, she posts a duck-face selfie.