Final 12 months amidst the assorted privateness scandals and controversies that Fb discovered themselves caught up in, the corporate debuted the Portal video chat gadget. It was an odd option to launch a product that might have raised eyebrows some other day, throughout a time the place there was a public outcry to #DeleteFacebook.

It’s unclear as to how effectively the Portal is doing, however a tweet from the New York Occasions’ Kevin Roose has revealed that Fb staff have truly been leaving 5-star evaluations of the product on Amazon. Now this isn’t to say that these evaluations aren’t real as a result of for all we all know, these staff actually just like the Portal.

Nonetheless doing so truly violates one in every of Amazon’s guidelines the place they state that staff of an organization aren’t allowed to evaluation their firm’s merchandise. Fb’s VP of augmented actuality and digital actuality Andrew Bosworth has additionally since confirmed that these evaluations got here from Fb staff, and said that internally Fb had informed staff to not have interaction in reviewing merchandise offered to Amazon. He additionally said that he might be asking them to take it down.

Like we stated, these evaluations aren’t essentially faux, however there’s a clear battle of curiosity which casts some doubt as to how effectively the product is doing since a product that sells effectively in all probability doesn’t want that further increase from the corporate’s personal staff, proper?

Talking of coordinated inauthentic conduct, what are the chances that every one these 5-star Fb Portal reviewers on Amazon simply occur to have the identical names as Fb staff?

— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) January 17, 2019

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