Phil 6.15.21

I saw millions compromise their Facebook accounts to fuel fake engagement

  • During my time at Facebook, I saw compromised accounts functioning in droves in Latin America, Asia, and elsewhere. Most of these accounts were commandeered through autolikers: online programs which promise users automatic likes and other engagement for their posts. Signing up for the autoliker, however, requires the user to hand over account access. Then, these accounts join a bot farm, where their likes and comments are delivered to other autoliker users, or sold en masse, even while the original user maintains ownership of the account. Although motivated by money rather than politics — and far less sophisticated than government-run human troll farms — the sheer quantity of these autoliker programs can be dangerous.


  • Princess Di and others!
  • Maybe a postscript?


  • First drafts of 008 and 007 are done! Time to clean up and edit Done. Just need to do an abstract for each


  • At 7.5M reviews indexed
  • Need to bow out of meeting today, but maybe send a copy of the article draft?