BuzzFeed News: These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake

BuzzFeed News: These Hugely Popular Local News Sites In The US And Canada Are Fake. “Since 2004, more than 2,000 newspapers have closed in the United States, and many local news outlets are struggling to build a digital business. But one remarkable success story is the Albany Daily News, a website that clocked nearly 10 million pageviews in August, roughly five times that of the 160-year-old Albany Times Union newspaper, according to analytics service SimilarWeb. The most popular news site in Albany has a simple secret to success: Fake just about everything and rake in the advertising dollars.”

BuzzFeed: Myspace Looked Like It Was Back. Actually, It Was A Pawn In An Ad Fraud Scheme

BuzzFeed: Myspace Looked Like It Was Back. Actually, It Was A Pawn In An Ad Fraud Scheme. “Myspace — the iconic social network of the early 2000s — seemed to be experiencing a resurgence this summer when millions of visitors flocked to its new video page, potentially generating a wave of ad revenue for the site’s troubled parent company, Time Inc. But Myspace shut the page down this week after a BuzzFeed News investigation revealed that the surge in traffic came primarily from suspect sources that racked up fraudulent ad impressions. Myspace says it was completely unaware of and didn’t profit from any fraudulent traffic or impressions, and that the video page in question was hosted and managed by a partner and not by Myspace itself.”