Fake Facebook 'like' scammers sued for £1.3bn

In October 2014 Facebook announced that it had been awarded more than $2bn (£1.3bn) in legal judgements against scammers selling fake likes.

What’s wrong with Fake Likes?

We’ve all had the emails promising thousands of Likes being added to our businesses Facebook page. In fact many will have felt a little twinge and asked themselves ‘Should I give it a go? I’m always being told how important ‘Likes’ are in social media marketing. It’s not very expensive and what’s the worst that could happen?’

Here’s the answer - in a recent blog, Facebook said: "We have a strong incentive to aggressively get rid of fake likes because businesses and people who use our platform want real connections and results, not fakes."

This is Facebook saying that the best way to stop all these fake Likes is to penalise the ranking of Facebook pages of the businesses who buy them. This is very similar to the war on spam being fought with increasing success by Google. So be warned!

How to spot Fake Likes

Fake Likes are actually really easy to spot. If the like profile of your business Facebook page looks spammy then you should actively start cleaning up and seeking ways to get proper Likes to redress the balance. Here are some tell-tale signs of Fake Likes:

Social Wi-Fi has the answers

For businesses with sites visited by its customers social Wi-Fi is the dream answer to the problem of fake Likes. When your customer first logs onto your free Wi-Fi they are asked if they want to Like your Facebook page. Most people do as they already think you are great for providing free Wi-Fi. Here are all the other benefits you get from these Likes.

Contact Wireless Social for more information and your free social Wi-Fi trail.

 

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29505104

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