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Artificially inflated traffic (AIT) refers to the manipulation or increase of message interactions or engagements through deceptive or fraudulent means.

This could involve various practices aimed at making it appear as though a messaging service or campaign is receiving more attention, responses or interactions than it genuinely is. The motives behind artifically inflating traffic can vary, including misleading analytics, gaming promotional metrics, or attempting to appear more popular than reality.

AIT can have negative consequences for businesses and users. For businesses, relying on false metrics can lead to misguided marketing decisions and inaccurate assessments of campaign effectiveness. For users, it can result in a less trustworthy and authentic online environment.

To combat AIT, messaging platforms and businesses often employ advanced monitoring systems, machine learning algorithms, and other security measures to detect and mitigate fraudulent activities.

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