The real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post Malone. When she goes on Facebook or Twitter, she sometimes muses about being bored or trades jokes with friends.
"The Follower Factory" is from the January 27, 2018 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Nicholas Confessore, Gabriel J.X. Dance, Richard Harris and Mark Hansen and narrated by Kristi Burns.