Question

Why have I had so many "fake" likes / reposts / follewers?


Hi,

Yesterday I had about 50 soundcloud followers (of which I have had for a while).
Suddenly one of my tracks started getting liked and reposted, and I get a follow of the user. This has happened about 300 times and is still happening now. I have looked at a few of the users and they all have no followers and appear to be fake accounts or bots.

Is there anything I can do to stop this. I want to have a reputable account and not a load of fake followers?

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Userlevel 7
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Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis
Userlevel 6
Hi Tom,

Thanks for visiting the help forums :)

Before I get into the meat of the query, I would just like to apologise for the delay getting back to you, your query does seem to have slipped through the net somehow

I've just been having a dig around the re-posts on the track in question, I know you did'nt state which it was, but its quite obvious when viewing your profile (https://soundcloud.com/barlz91/barlz-june-15-warehouse-sounds-house-techno).

This is certainly an oddity, I've had something similar on my own profile and know a couple of friends who have experienced the same..what makes it very odd is that, while there are certainly some unusual looking users following you and reposting this track...its difficult to see what odd activity is going on initially. A user with only a couple of followers is not necessarily an indication of a fake account, there are certainly quite a few people who register on here purely to listen to tracks & don't always go looking for people to follow them, they simply look to find new music they want to enjoy, which is fair enough. That said, I certainly spotted a trend of a lot of your re-posters using profile pics that seem to be drawings of assorted famous, and maybe not so famous, faces and, after visiting some of their profiles, they seem to have vaguely similar bio's under their picture. So, maybe these are fake/bots....the thing is is that, other than a re-post, they don't seem to have done anything else...and, again, having had something similar myself which caused me an amount of suspicion, I can't get my head around what the aim is...assuming there is a nefarious "aim" of some kind.

Fake accounts/bots usually go down the route of either sending you private messages offering "pay to play" services, weight loss, dating etc etc etc, all of which clearly have the aim of attempting to get you to click the link they provide to infect your computer or relieve your bank account of its funds or they post similar content within a comment on a track, but, again, none of this obvious activity is happening..and these account don't usually hang about, they get straight on it...and are then usually removed & deleted just as quickly as the anti spam systems pick up their activity and the accounts are blocked.

The best thing that I can suggest if you are still uncomfortable with this activity is to get in touch with the Trust and Safety team via the contact form, they handle these kind of issues on the site so may be able to offer some more advice on this front. Simply select Trust & Safety from the subject drop down box...include the url to this thread as well so you won't need to repeat yourself:

http://help.soundcloud.com/customer/portal/emails/new

I know the above doesnt help as such but it is a very odd situation, looks suspicious, but trying to nail down what the aim is..that's the tricky part...assuming there is an aim :/

Regards

DJ R.I.P
Userlevel 6
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

beat me to replying again Mathis...I should stop my trademark waffling haha!
Is there any possible way i can remove the fake Likes etc on my tracks most of the people who followed all have same picture saying something like follow back 1000 plays and likes but i want to attain my likes legit and remove the fake hearts I have already blocked and reported them for spam.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

I've just experienced the same problem. I uploaded a track and within seconds it was bombarded by fake accounts liking the track and following my channel. I don't want this. Is there an easier way to block the bots that do this than clicking on their profiles individually?
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

You think we can just block 20-100 bots everytime we post something?
The damage is done, the likes without playes are being displayed.
There also needs to be a block button on the user icon - next to the follow button.
I don't wanna spend a whole day blocking bots that just make new accounts anyways.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

Their profile picture is text that says something like "go to ezfollowers.xyz for 10k plays" or similiar stuff.
Links to a few bots:
https://soundcloud.com/user-189508845
https://soundcloud.com/user-568166885
https://soundcloud.com/user-509525757
https://soundcloud.com/user-804668204
https://soundcloud.com/user-513279840
https://soundcloud.com/user-30063069
https://soundcloud.com/user-522170691
https://soundcloud.com/user-751265281

Notice they all have the same profile picture.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

Exactly the same people for me too.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

I just noticed exactly the same thing happening to my last upload.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

This is happening to me as well.
Userlevel 1
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

Same here. It's getting really annoying! Where do these things come from?
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

Ik got user895009890
today with naked woman as picture. Think thats spam to..
Hi!
I've got a few more suspicious ones. Same picture, same advertisement.

https://soundcloud.com/gehoty68
https://soundcloud.com/cetylof
https://soundcloud.com/allengabrielclarke
https://soundcloud.com/jeremysloan1
Blocking doesn't work. I keep getting a chain of likes from weird sites. Now it's numbered site. https://soundcloud.com/user-273784983 is the latest.

Soundcloud should prevent numbered named sites.

soundcloud.com/pianobybruce
It's as if no one working at soundcloud actually has and uses an account there or they would see just how prolific this issue actually is. I am not sure I have ever received anything but an automated response/like/stat to something I have posted. Frankly, it completely damages the SC user experience and brand by not addressing this.
Hi BARLZ,

When you notice a user that seems to be fake, you can block them, and at the same time report them as Spam. Our Trust & Safety team will then review these users and they remove spam or accounts on a regular basis.

You mentioned there were a lot of accounts that seemed to be fake and that followed you within a short period of time though - I can imagine you don't want to spend your time blocking so many accounts. Can you name a few of them so I can check back with our Trust & Safety team? Are there any pattern, i.e. do they all have the same profile image etc.?

Cheers
Mathis

Is there a special email address for the Trust and Safety Team? Also, in general Support is rarely responsive to any questions. I emailed about possibly getting a paid account, and received no reply.
I have the same problem too but not on as big a scale as this post. Iv also just got 2 messages about my track being shared to a site where I would get alot of following and likes ect.

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