A large sign on the wall reads:
“The Bot is Always Right
Especially if they don’t advertise”
Three people sit at well-worn desks working on ten-year-old laptops.
JEROME: Ha! Ha! I just love this job. This is the 20th dweeb this morning who used “password” as their password.
DANILO: I’ve had 17 “1234”s.
MAHALIA: Beat you. I’ve had 31 “qwerty”s.
DANILO: Any advertisers?
MAHALIA: If they can’t think of a secure password, they’re e not going to be able to navigate the advertising platform, are they?
ALL TOGETHER: Reject!
MAHLIA: Hey, here’s one. Ran their entire business on Instagram.
JEROME: What happened?
MAHLIA: Got hacked, sent out spam. Bot shut it down.
MAHLIA: Oh yes, the hack was from the other side of the world. Seems a shame not to reinstate it.
JEROME: It’s a life lesson. Besides, I bet the account doesn’t advertise. (He nods at the sign.)
MAHALIA: No… I do so love this job, too. But I sometimes wonder why we’re here—
DANILO: —Ah, the existential question—
MAHALIA: —No! If we don’t talk to the users other than through a ‘no reply’ address, and if we don’t reinstate accounts…?
DANILO: We do if they’re good advertisers. (He nods at the sign.)
JEROME: You know we’re only here so Mr Z can say he has a ‘team’ working on it.
MAHALIA: Three is hardly a team.
JEROME: We’re not playing soccer. Three’s a team.
DANILO: Just get on with it. Press the Reject key and move on.
MAHALIA: You’re right. But what if it was your account?
DANILO: I work in the Hacked Account Recovery department, remember?
Ref: BBC News ‘My Instagram got hacked and I lost my business’
If there was no social media would you a) die or b) breathe a sigh of relief?
What’s your favourite method of hacking people’s social media accounts?
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