The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/11/technology/youtube-fake-view-sellers.html

        Martin Vassilev makes a good living selling fake views on
        YouTube videos. Working from home in Ottawa, he has sold about
        15 million views so far this year, putting him on track to
        bring in more than $200,000, records show.  Mr. Vassilev, 32,
        does not provide the views himself. His website, 500Views.com,
        connects customers with services that offer views, likes and
        dislikes generated by computers, not humans.  When a supplier
        cannot fulfill an order, Mr. Vassilev -- like a modern
        switchboard operator -- quickly connects with another.  "I can
        deliver an unlimited amount of views to a video," Mr. Vassilev
        said in an interview. "They've tried to stop it for so many
        years, but they can't stop it. There's always a way around."
 
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