Audit: Millions of Trump's Twitter followers are fake

01 June 2017, 12:42 | Isaac Mcdaniel

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump had a higher ratio of flesh-and-blood followers when he had only 8 million of them watching his personal account.

Watch Maxine Waters go off on constituent: Impeach me? But what's more interesting is the fact that the vast majority of these new followers are bots - fake computerized followers. Vice President Mike Pence has the fewest fake followers, with just 7%. According to the auditing website, only 32 percent of Perry's followers are real, which means there are nearly 67 million fake Twitter accounts that purportedly track her every tweet.

The president experienced an increase of 2.3 million followers in May, adding approximately 573,000 followers each week. That millions of fake accounts would glom onto the most controversial person on the planet, and subsequently on the social network, right now is hardly surprising.

Billboard reported similar results for Lady Gaga. Twitter confirmed that his account did not receive that many followers in just three days.

Only Trump and perhaps some collection of his advisors know for certain if this president bought any of his 31 million followers. More of his followers appear to be bots than humans. But it tempered this figure with a listing of other celebrities and their own fake followers.

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"The practice of buying followers has existed as long as Twitter has existed", said Chris Dessi, the founder of Silverback Social.

"That's really the tell-all of who the real followers are", he said. Of course, noting that many of Trump's followers aren't sentient beings is a fairly common observation these days, but this is the first time someone's demonstrated just how many eggs-turned-silhouettes and bots are just cluttering up his followed-by list. Yesterday, the paper finally told readers of the two United States private equity companies that bidding to acquire the publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald.

I have a feeling that Jacqueline Williams, the NYT's reporter in Sydney, has been trying to get the attention of her editors for a while now. Meanwhile, Amie Tsang, the paper's London business reporter, also wrote about the bids for Fairfax, including it in her Morning Agenda feature.

Australia's remarkable - and unbalanced - property boom appears to be the driver behind the bids.



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