The Rise of An Underground Facebook Profile Market

Over the past few days there has been increasing buzz about a market for Facebook public profiles. I’ve even received a few emails on the topic, one individual who was asking me about reasonable rates for purchasing public profiles. While I haven’t heard of any finalized transactions yet I’d expect this to become increasingly regular. Just last week Jason Kincaid posted about CNN acquiring the extremely popular CNNbrk Twitter account from another Twitter user who had been personally managing it.

On Facebook however, brands regularly contact Facebook to have fake versions of their public profiles shut down. At one point, Homer J Simpson was one of the most popular public profiles in our Facebook Pages tracker, with over 2.2 million fans. Suddenly the page disappeared one day and never returned. We contacted Facebook for comment months ago but never heard back.