'the Inversion'

How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.
nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/1
'...How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”...'

Follow

@jd Given how wacky recommendation/TOS/etc algorithms have gotten on a lot of the larger sites in the last couple of years I'm actually a little surprised we haven't seen at least a few incidents of one site or another getting real and fraudulent traffic confused and enforcing accordingly.

I wonder if that's an 'if' or a 'when' sort of thing.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon Sandwich

This is Sandwich's public Mastodon instance. Welcome!