The photograph of a purple daisies taken in Florence Nightingalepark in The Hague, Netherlands in 2004 is viewed an average of a hundred million times a day. The photo, which is included in Wikimedia Commons, where the photos, videos and audio files that users do not request copyright are available for free, also attracts 20 percent of the entire traffic of the site.
Chris Albon, head of machine learning for his platform, said traffic to the image spiked on June 29 and continued to increase for 8 months.
However, the mysterious “purple daisy” prompted an investigation by the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that oversees Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, as the site is overwhelming with resources.
“One fifth of all requests to one of our data centers is for this flower image,” Albos shared on February 9th. Nobody knows why ”he said.
How transparent is Wikimedia?
Check out this actual, live ticket about an ongoing mystery. 20% of all requests to one of our data centers for media are for this image of a flower. Nobody knows why.https://t.co/IHrzpKGVbj pic.twitter.com/Cbw6pC9txd
— Chris Albon (@chrisalbon) February 8, 2021
TRAFFIC APPLIED TO COME FROM INDIA
The following statements were used in the results of the investigation:
“Today, we noticed that we received about 90 million requests from various internet service providers in India. These are very odd as they come from extremely different IPs and follow a daily traffic pattern. Analysts have tried various techniques such as reverse visual search to understand where the traffic is coming from. however, the results were not productive. ”
However, it has been seen that most of the traffic comes from a mobile app in India. However, internet users participating in the study in India looked puzzled as the image of the flower was unfamiliar to them, despite its popularity.
The researchers then concluded that the number of views could increase because the photo was placed on an app’s splash screen. In this context, analysts downloaded all popular apps used in India popular, but could not find a purple daisy photo.
NAME OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA APP IS NOT PUBLISHED
Eventually, it was found that a popular chat app that did not reveal the name because the investigation was still in progress, implicitly redirected users to the purple daisy on Wikimedia.
In a report published on the website Rest of World, he predicted that the application using Wikimedia’s resources could be MX TakaTak, Moj or Josh, one of the popular chat apps in India. However, the Wikimedia Foundation did not respond to the request for comment.
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