Influencers were paying “someone” to get verified on Instagram through Meta. Being identified as artists. Even some reality stars and some medical professionals. You get this blue icon and all the advertising money vomits on you. 🤢🤮🤮🤮🤑🤑🤑🤑
It’s not Google’s responsibility to determine whether the artists are legitimate, according to company spokesperson Lara Levin.Propublica article
Every media network between the influencer and their brand is claiming they have nothing to do with their new star power. Google. Instagram. Spotify. The Source. Thisis50. As. Per. Usual.
Silverman, C. & Fortis, B. (2022). “Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme.” ProPublica – Journalism in the Public Interest. United States. [Web Archive] Retrieved from ProPublica, https://www.propublica.org/article/instagram-spotify-verified-fake-musicians.