Millions of Twitter followers disappear after NY Times investigation

We are “seeking an investigation into deceptive and fraudulent practices that ‘have the effect of distorting the online marketplace and creating a false sense of celebrity, credibility, or importance in people, companies, or institutions that may not deserve it.’” — Sens. Moran, Blumenthal letter to FTC.

“According to data analysis by The Times, Devumi operates from ‘an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts.’ Even worse, Devumi appears to be complicit in a massive social media identity theft operation. At least 55,000 of these accounts use ‘the names, profile pictures, hometowns and other personal details of real Twitter users, including minors.’” — Sens. Moran, Blumenthal letter to FTC

“The Florida Attorney General’s Office is investigating recent allegations of social media identity theft involving West Palm Beach Company Devumi and related company Bytion. If you or someone you know has had their identity stolen and used to create a fake social media profile on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or any other social media platform please file a complaint with our office using the form below.” — Florida AG’s office

Here’s the full text of the letter to the FTC:

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