Overrun with "fake followers"

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  • #1237705

    shoreacres
    Member

    Not long after the number of spam comments getting into moderation increased exponentially, I began seeing an increase in what I call “fake followers”.

    The problem is only getting worse. I stopped email for likes, and now I’m tempted to stop email notification of new followers. The problem, of course, is that sifting through 25 “followers” a day to find the one that’s legit is both time-consuming and a pain.

    This sharp rise in “followers” who have no blog, who use only a gravatar profile with no URL attached, who write in a language I can’t even identify or are selling everything from apartments in Jakarta to “Yo, babe! Toys for your intimacies!” is driving me crazy.

    There has to be a reason for it, and if there’s a reason, there should be a solution. People are beginning to blog about the problem, it’s so bad.

    We need to have the ability to block followers.

    The blog I need help with is shoreacres.wordpress.com.

    #1237806

    timethief
    Member

    I don’t think creating yet another thread is helpful https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/preventing-spammers-from-being-notified-of-new-posts/page/2?replies=51

    You can click the the report button on the bottom right hand corner of the gravatar profile pages to report these followers to Gravatar Staff.

    #1237815

    shoreacres
    Member

    Oh, sorry – missed that thread when I looked. I’ll go look at it now. And I didn’t realize the gravatar pages could be reported. Thanks!

    #1237820

    timethief
    Member

    You’re welcome. Yes, every gravatar profile page has a little “report Abuse” button on the right hand side bottom corner. There’s a dropdown menu you can use after you click it.

    #1237894

    shoreacres
    Member

    I marked this “resolved” and am adding a small comment to the other thread.

    #1238007

    timethief
    Member

    Okay and see you there.

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