Asian singer-songwriter Wang Lihum (pictured) was recently accused by his estranged wife, Li Jingli, of buying likes and comments on Instagram and Weibo. In an Instagram post, Li shared photos of payment order forms and claimed that Wang bought likes, comments and followers on social media on several occasions. On September 22, for example, a photo Lee shared showed that 50,000 yuan was paid for 1 million followers. Meanwhile, CNY 6,000 were paid for nearly 33,000 comments, 24,000 posts, and 48,000 likes on Weibo on September 9, 10 and 20.
At the same time, 40,000 likes and 400 comments for Wang’s video about his vaccination in the United States on June 11, 2021, as well as 20,000 likes and 420 comments for a post related to a poem written by Wang’s father on June 16, 2021 were also paid. Weibo on June 21 and 24 last year.
In the caption, Lee wrote that the photos were long-term evidence of Wang buying his “online army”. It added that the reimbursement requests contain the signatures of various employees under Wang’s management, as well as the remittance account information required to make the final payments to the audit. Li urged Wang not to push the responsibility onto his staff, adding that all she wanted was for Wang to be a normal ex-husband and father to their children.
Both Wang and Li were in the spotlight last year when Wang announced their divorce in December. Soon, Lee revealed in a lengthy post on Weibo that Wang committed several infidelities during their marriage.
It is a well-known fact that some influencers and content creators fake their growth by buying likes, followers, and comments. For example, a 2019 report from AI-powered analytics tool HypeAuditor found that more than 47% of influencers in Singapore use artificial ways to grow Instagram and these include buying followers, likes, and comments.
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