Are public statistics of reproductions on the Internet manipulable?
July, 24; 2019. By
Now we face a problem never seen before, rather because before there was no internet: the possible - and probable - manipulation of the statistical numbers of public audio and video reproductions on the internet.

That is, we refer specifically to, for example, the public number of reproductions of a video on YouTube or a song on Spotify, or the number of followers on Twitter or Instagram. Under normal conditions of study, that is, in an ideal world, there would be no reason to have problems with these numbers, that is, we would have to believe them... But in the world of El lazarillo de Tormes, that is, our small world, some precautions should be taken before relying entirely on the accuracy of these numbers.

Let's not fool ourselves, those numbers can mean a lot to a person or group; that is, the number of reproductions or followers is taken into account for advertising contracts or other types of economic consideration, in addition to meaning a prestige - when the number is bulky - for the person who holds said number.

Thus, ghost followers or bots on Twitter for example are almost older than the internet of social networks itself, having some well-known accounts up to half of fake followers. They are bought on the cloudy internet to the weight and quite cheap by the way. But then you go to certify each follower; nobody simply does this, and the number is there.

On YouTube the platform itself can influence through the recommended videos, that is, it can promote a video to levels that are unsuspected, it simply puts it to us all in the first recommendations and that's it, that video will have a very high number of views. Not to mention that technically, being simply a little number, this figure could be directly manipulated... Let us remember, again, that we are in the world of El lazarillo de Tormes...

Anyway, as it has been said, with certainty, that the price of anything that can be copied on the internet (mainly a movie, an image, recorded song or book) tends to zero, we can say almost with the same certainty that a public number of reproduction statistics could be technically manipulated equally.
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