Are Half of Trump's Twitter Followers Fake? It's Complicated

As the US settled back into its weekday routine Tuesday following the three-day Memorial Day weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tackle a number of issues, including urging the Senate to expedite actions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slamming the USA trade deficit with USA ally Germany. Trump produced five Twitter posts on his personal account and none on the official one as of early Tuesday afternoon. We'll probably never know, but there seems to be nothing more important to Trump than how his fame relates to that of other public figures, and it can't sit well with the president that there are now 31 accounts with more followers than his. According to Twitter Audit Report, a website that analyzes how many of an account's followers are real people, just under half of those aren't real: 15.9 million are authentic, and 15 million aren't, for a 51% reality rate. Just 20 per cent of Obama's Twitter buddies are real people who are active users. Therefore, it could be just a case that the audit had under 2,500 of fake accounts in their sample. In order to push back on mainstream media, Trump's war room team may be using the additional bot followers to trick the Twitter algorithm into trending/promoting Trump's messages. Suddenly now, he has over 30 million followers.

A large number of Katy Perry's followers on Twitter may be fake accounts. But what's more interesting is the fact that the vast majority of these new followers are bots - fake computerized followers.

Trump, who appears at the thirty-fourth place on the unaudited list, is the first politician in the top 50, followed closely by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 30.3 million followers and the only other politician in the top 50. Obama's account was refreshed four and a half months back, Swift's two weeks ago and Modi's nearly four months ago. But if you check Twitter this morning, you will notice that "covfefe" is the top hashtag (at least top unpaid hashtag). He has forged a career out of social media and the internet and said he recognizes follower buying as common practice. But that doesn't mean the account holder paid for John John's follow. These services also extend to "likes" on Facebook and followers on Instagram.

  • Jon Douglas