The hell is going on with all those sexy comments on SoundCloud?
The comments section, as anyone with the Internet knows, is a filthy, horrible cross section of humanity. Most are riddled with emojis, ignorant opinions and people blaming Trump for birthing racism in America. But the comments on SoundCloud have always been a place of solace, where people go to hype their favorite artists and deliver props for fun. SoundCloud comments are simply a harmless response to the music everyone loves.
Except, lately there's been a surge of sexy spam plaguing threads on hundreds of tracks.
While these may seem pretty legit (seriously, who could mistrust grammar like that?), we just want to encourage everyone to really think hard before clicking on links of a girl's ass. We'd all all love to help Cherrie relieve her stress at night, but we also don’t want anyone getting their identity stolen by the questionable sketchball that’s pulling Cherrie’s strings.
What's likely going on is that SoundCloud is having a hard time controlling the amount of bots attacking the site. It's not necessarily 'new,' either, as some Redditors were going off on this as early as 9 months ago. One user, Hounmlayne, has a fair analysis as to why it's not going away though:
"I feel this reason is why these bots exist. Imagine getting linked to a song where it's had 5 views on the last 2 years and one comment which is just suggesting opinions on how to improve the song.
"Now imagine being linked to a song with a few thousand views I'm the past 6 months, with loads of comments saying how awesome it sounds, and just random stuff, as if it's a community of fans behind the artist.
"You're more likely to pay attention and listen to the more popular song, seeing as it must have some appeal for that interaction."
They're right. If a song simply appears to be more popular, it has a better chance of becoming a hit. The phenomenon is outlined in Mathew Salganik and his team of researchers' paper titled Experimental Study of Inequality and Unpredictability in an Artificial Cultural Market. In the study, a fake marketplace was created with over 14,000 participants able to download any song they wanted from it. Throughout the test, researchers manipulated 'download numbers' to show, falsely, that certain songs were more popular. When the numbers were inflated, more often than not, people chose to download that particular song just based off of perceived demand without even listening to it.
In other words, people did things just because others were doing it too.
This doesn't mean SoundCloud has an agenda by throwing Cherrie and her naked sorority sisters around comment threads like Funfetti in a birthday cake, but it probably doesn't have much of a priority of ridding the world of it yet either — especially considering it's reportedly in talks of being bought by Spotify. Why clean the office when someone else is going to move in?
Our advice is to just ignore it. Unless you really hate that computer of yours or somehow enjoy subjecting yourself to files upon files of debilitating viruses.
Then whatever, go for it.