Fake Followers & Likes on Social Media is Dishonest & Could Hurt Teen's Self-Esteem - A Whittle Bit of Commentary 6/19/15

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A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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There’s been a lot of articles recently about the fakes followers and likes a lot of celebrities and politicians have on their Facebook and Twitter profiles. Well, the fake followers that people can purchase to make it appear they’re more popular than they actually are goes well beyond Facebook and Twitter. For $20 or $30 bucks you can buy Instagram followers, SoundCloud listens, YouTube views, and it’s all fake, phony views and accounts. The problem with this is not only is it dishonest, but teenagers may see one of their friends that have 1,000s of (fake) followers and then they wonder why they aren’t as popular and so they may start posting inappropriate content to try and gain popularity, not knowing that their friends bought their popularity. Social media is great, but it is also a great way to cause harm to people’s self-esteem. I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.  © 2015 Chad Whittle

Posted on June 18, 2015 .