One way to flush out suspected troll accounts is to place information in places that the suspected troll frequents. Another project of ours was to see what information is being used or looked at, where it is obtained, and how they use it. Socialblade is one resource we use when looking at how often videos are edited and deleted, or how many subscribers are purchased.
We wanted to know if Fine Tune or the trolls buying the likes, dislikes, views, or subscribers uses Socialblade to view metrics related to their TOS violating activities. several months ago we started to work on a plan to inflate the views of these statistics on Socialblade because we learned that a channel will be given a trending “flame” icon if people view it a lot. We knew that this would be something he would surely brag about – or at least one of the trolls – if he was looking. well, it turns out someone was looking.Now we know.
Sorry Hard Drive. We caused it with a combination of scripts and keyboard/mouse macros. Not very many people are looking at it. Just some scripts and macros. 🙂 It took the technical guys around a week create it and set it up. We let it run for around two weeks on several old laptops in different parts of the country. Thank you for letting us know that this is one of the resources that you utilize to violate Youtube’s terms of service. It was quite tricky for the technical teams to get around the Cloudflare DDOS protection and then distribute it to the volunteers to run on their computers.
We were getting worried when we saw the flame icon appear early last week that we wasted our time with this project. Good job tech team! Should we do it to BBI next?