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Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday, ProPublica published a fascinating expose on the biggest Instagram verification scam ever uncovered. It spanned some 300+ accounts all of which were associated with a couple of opportunistic promoters playing on the hopes and fears of wannabe influencers who, despite striving with all their might, couldn’t legitimately break through Read more…

Beatdapp Launches Industry First Collaborative Fraud Investigation Tool

Reading Time: < 1 minute If you’ve been reading us for a while, you’ll likely have picked up on a theme: to fight fraud effectively, collaboration is king.  That said, it’s often challenging to collaborate when explicitly sharing data between platforms is, understandably, a non-starter. Competitive dynamics and user confidentiality render outright cooperation nearly impossible.  Read more…

Fraud with Regional Characteristics

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week, Stripe released The State of Online Fraud, a comprehensive review “of global fraud trends [they] uncovered after analyzing billions of attempted payments and surveying more than 2,500 business leaders.”  It’s a fascinating peek behind the curtain into the scale and sophistication of fraudulent behavior in the payments space, Read more…

What is streaming fraud?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines steaming fr… Just kidding. How lame of an opener would that be?! We talk a lot about streaming fraud around here: in articles, podcasts, blog posts, you name it. To us, it feels like common knowledge. But actually finding a uniform definition isn’t as easy as you’d Read more…

Smartphones & Music

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’ve been within earshot of the music industry over the past five years, you’ve probably come across Music in The Air, a thorough and oft-cited report from Lisa Yang at Goldman Sachs. The key takeaway? Industry revenues are projected to reach $131B by 2030. But there are some terrific Read more…

Whac a Mole

Reading Time: 4 minutes Streaming fraud is a multi-million dollar problem in our industry. Don’t just take our word for it: Rolling Stone, Music Business Worldwide, Billboard, Variety, Quartz and too many others to name have been on this beat for some time.   Tim Ingham, Publisher of MusicBusiness Worldwide, sums up the incentives driving fraud like this: Streaming fraud is Read more…

We’re Going Fast (this is how)

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you read Part 1, you know that we go fast, just like Ricky Bobby.  The key to our speed?  Parallel processing.  But let’s set the stage first. Imagine you own a newspaper delivery service. You deliver newspapers by car.  Business is booming and you start expanding your business. You Read more…