• Whenever you visit a Facebook page, most of us tend to gauge the popularity of the page by the number of likes. Well, it turns out the ‘likes’ may be deceiving you. BBC News conducted an Facebook 'likes' and adverts' value doubted - BBC News and suggested that, the ‘likes’ gained by using #-Link-Snipped-# are from users who have no interest in the page. Many of the account holders who have liked the link have lied about their personal details or have appeared to be fake.

    The investigation was conducted by a BBC correspondent #-Link-Snipped-#. He performed an experiment by setting up a Facebook page for his imaginary business, #-Link-Snipped-# and used Facebook Ads to advertise his page. In Facebook Ads, a target audience can be selected so that the page can be promoted to people who would be interested in your page. So, when asked Mr. Jones chose US, UK, India, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines as the places he wanted his ad to be seen. Within 24 hours after creating the advert, he received 1,600 likes on his meaningless site. VirtualBagel got the highest number of likes from Egypt, Indonesia and Philippines. He also noticed that the people who liked his page had profiles which appeared fake. Not only were the profiles fake, but the 'person' actually liked more than 3,000 pages on Facebook. When Mr. Jones narrowed down the number of countries he was targeting to promote his page to just two i.e. US and UK, the new 'likes' slowed down drastically.


    A similar experiment was done by Derek Muller, creator of the YouTube channel, Veritasium - YouTube. He promoted his own Facebook page, #-Link-Snipped-# using Facebook Ads. After receiving 70,000 more likes, he realized that his posts on his Facebook page were still not getting more engagement as one would expect. Simply pointing to the fact that the 'likes' Mr. Muller received were from people who weren't actually interested in his page. He also created a Facebook page by the name, #-Link-Snipped-#. And even as description specifies that "only an idiot would like this page", he still managed to get 3,000+ likes on his page. Mr. Derek pointed out to the fact that Facebook Ads provided services similar to click farms like Buy Facebook Likes and Followers | Watch his YouTube video explaining his experiment in brief.

    This brings out the question, Is "Facebook Ads" a big, fat fraud?

    Source: Facebook 'likes' and adverts' value doubted - BBC News
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  • Ankita Katdare

    AdministratorFeb 11, 2014

    This is really strange! Why would Facebook do that?
    I know a lot of Facebook Pages who used third party applications to get a few thousand likes overnight, for really cheap.
    I always thought Facebook Ads were a bit overpriced, but authentic.

    ☕ Looks like they have run out of marketing ideas on social media.
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  • Madhava Verma Dantuluri

    MemberFeb 11, 2014

    Cant believe it is true. This would entirely defeat the purpose of social media counts.
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  • Rajni Jain

    MemberFeb 11, 2014

    It is a myth that facebook is Raising the fake likes and charging someone for the same. If you had searched all of those awesome surveys (which is actually not wrong); you had deciphered only the half truth. With paid ads FB only gives you guarantee that your ad will be show to number of folks on how many times.

    There are many companies, that are in a business to increase the facebook likes. They charge you 30-40% more than what facebook charges you pay for ads and gives guarantee to have rise in likes. These fake companies ensures that they are getting them clicked using real profiles, fake profiles or robots. Even if you will go to some online free-lancers website they pay some cents for getting the likes clicked on few website (an that they done from the real users). All of these businesses are linked somewhere.

    But the bottom line is number of organic likes are showing total number of people liked your page at some point of time; however number of paid likes may or may not be actually from the persons who liked it. So directly reaching to conclusion that FB paid likes are always fake is not a right thing;

    Hopefully I clears that.
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