Facebook 'Likes' are all suspected to be fakes: BBC investigation
LONDON July 14: A BBC investigation suggests companies are wasting large sums of money on adverts to gain "Likes" from Facebook members who have no real interest in their products.
It also appears many account holders who click on the links have lied about their personal details. A security expert has said some of the profiles appeared to be "fakes" run by computer programs to
Facebook said it had "not seen evidence of a significant problem". "Likes" are highly valued by many leading brands' marketing departments.
Once a user has clicked on a link the company it belongs to can then post content on their news feed, send them messages and alert their friends to the connection.
Facebook makes money by charging companies a fee to show adverts designed to attract new "likes". Some companies have attracted millions of "likes".
But the BBC has been contacted by one marketing consultant who has warned clients to be wary of their value, and carried out an experiment that backed up his concerns.
The vast majority of Facebook's revenues come from advertising and its performance will be scrutinised when it releases its financial results on 26 July - the first such report since its flotation.
Earlier this year Facebook revealed that about 5-6% of its 901 million users might be fake - representing up to 54 million profiles.