EC Is Advertising On Facebook "A Waste Of Money?"

In this must-see video by Veritasium, an experiment posits that legitimately advertising on Facebook (FB) yields identical results to paying for likes via fraudulent click-farms. So why would Facebook encourage the sale of fake likes? It generates significant revenue from these illegitimate accounts.

Jon Loomer posted an interesting rebuttal here.

Veritasium is a science video blog featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.

Veritasium explains...
I know first-hand that Facebook's advertising model is deeply flawed. When I paid to promote my page I gained 80,000 followers in developing countries who didn't care about Veritasium (but I wasn't aware of this at the time). They drove my reach and engagement numbers down, basically rendering the page useless. I am not the only one who has experienced this. Rory Cellan-Jones had the same luck with Virtual Bagel:

The US Department of State spent $630,000 to acquire 2 million page likes and then realized only 2% were engaged.

I thought I would demonstrate that the same thing is still happening now by creating Virtual Cat ( I was surprised to discover something worse - false likes are coming from everywhere, including Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. So even those carefully targeting their campaigns are likely being duped into spending real money on fake followers. Then when they try to reach their followers they have to pay again.

And it's possible to be a victim of fake likes without even advertising. Pages that end up on Facebook's "International Suggested Pages" are also easy targets for click-farms seeking to diversify their likes (


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Ayelet Wolf 4 years ago Member's comment

Unbelievable video! I suspect it is the same for #Twitter $FB $TWTR

User 123 4 years ago Member's comment

I agree. Though I have to admit, I'm not surprised.