Nearly half of Trump's Twitter followers are fake

Is the president buying Twitter followers?

President Donald Trump's personal Twitter account is drawing hordes of new followers - by one count, 3 million in less than a week.

Newsweek concludes that of the 10 million followers Trump has gained since January 2017 (around the time of his inauguration) about 8.3 million are allegedly fake. Not only does he have considerably more followers than Trump - 89.3 million - just 20.7 percent (18,468,540) of those are judged by twitteraudit to be fake. A relatively very high 88 percent of her followers are real, amounting to over 74 million people and putting her comfortably on top, considering the fifth-most followed celebrity on Twitter, Rihanna, has a total of 73.3 million followers. 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. It's also possible to purchase Twitter followers for accounts you don't own. The comedian Joe Mande now has a healthy 1.01 million followers, but his bio contains a caveat: "twitter is trash, facebook's the devil, i bought a million followers for like $400 none of this shit matters antarctica is melting".

The president now enjoys 31 million followers on Twitter, far less than Barack Obama's 89.2 million and way too high for a man who doesn't know how to thread properly.

If the number of followers on Twitter is any yardstick for measuring someone's popularity, it may be an extremely flawed measure, according to data thrown up by a website that claims to check how many of those followers are real. "The reason I haven't deleted it is because it brought awareness to the bot situation".

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So what could be the reasoning for this giant surge in Twitter followers? "Immediately, I knew that I had found my calling". But what's more interesting is the fact that the vast majority of these new followers are bots - fake computerized followers.

However, Trump has had an influx in followers since he took office.

Former POTUS, Barack Obama, fares much better.

In case you're wondering, 79 percent of Obama's followers are real.

  • Adam Floyd