October 21, 2019
and owner German Calas, Jr.
, have agreed to a $2.5 million
judgment to settle the FTC’s first ever charges against the sale of fake indicators of social media influence, such as followers, subscribers, views, and likes. The defendants allegedly enabled customers to deceive potential clients about their social media clout by filling tens of thousands of orders for fake LinkedIn followers, Twitter followers, YouTube subscribers, and YouTube views. Due to the defendants’ inability to pay, upon payment of $250,000, the remaining monetary judgment will be suspended. FTC