Chinese Used 4600 Phones To Fake LiveStream Views, Arrested

In the digital age, where online presence and popularity can translate to substantial income, a man in China took this concept to an illicit extreme. Using a staggering array of 4,600 mobile phones, he orchestrated a sophisticated scheme to fake live-stream views, a fraudulent practice known as “brushing.” This deception not only misled consumers but also manipulated the live-streaming market, creating a false impression of viral content.

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The man, identified only by his surname Wang, capitalized on the burgeoning live-streaming industry in China. His operation was simple yet effective: by controlling thousands of phones, he could simulate real-time activities such as viewer counts, likes, comments, and shares. This not only boosted the apparent popularity of certain streams but also allowed him to earn over 3 million yuan (approximately Rs 3.5 crores) in less than four months. Wang’s actions reflect a growing concern in the digital world, where authenticity is often overshadowed by the allure of quick success.

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