On Friday, August 7th, 2020, The Mumbai Crime Branch questioned rapper Badshah for nearly 10 hours in connection with the social media fake followers scam.
According to the official statement, Badshah reached the office of the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) around 12.30 pm. He stepped out of the CIU office around 9.45 at night. He has been summoned for questioning on Saturday afternoon too.
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The crime department has almost 238 questions which they want to ask the singer. Virtually every track of his has got hundreds of thousands of views however the shocking factor is that the feedback on these movies are just a few hundred. The crime department needs to know the explanation for this from Badshah himself.
Badshah had all of a sudden lost quite a lot of ‘followers’, the crime department has asked for the listing of all his followers. Meanwhile, Badshah’s track “Pagal Hai” had garnered 75 million views in a day however Google rejected his claims. The crime department now needs to discover this claim as well.
The CIU began probing the racket after Bollywood singer Bhumi Trivedi found that any person had created her fake profile on social media and complained to the police. Throughout the probe, the police unearthed the racket which creates fake social media profiles and sells fake followers and likes to celebrities and `influencers’.
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A celeb or social media influencer can command a higher worth for product endorsement if she or he has extra followers. The police have recorded statements of practically 20 people within the case.
Senior police officers had mentioned earlier that this was a critical concern as fake profiles are also used to spread fake information or misinformation. A minimum of 54 cyber companies that create pretend followers are below the police’s scanner.