Twitter Audit shows that 49 percent of Trump’s followers are either bots or fake accounts.
Donald Trump’s Twitter Followers
John Niven, a screenwriter, pointed out that President Donald Trump’s Twitter has gained a large amount of followers this past weekend, and many seem to be artificially created. If you enter Donald Trump’s Twitter handle into Twitter Audit, it shows that around 49 percent of his followers are either bots or fake accounts.
If you choose to look at his followers on Twitter, you will find that many of them seem to be picture-less and post-less accounts, which may be a sign that the account doesn’t belong to a real person.
Pointing out the amount of fake Twitter followers to Donald Trump’s account isn’t new. In January, Yashar Ali, a journalist, also ran Trump’s Twitter handle through a Twitter Audit and discovered that only 68 percent of his followers at the time were real. Back then he was only at 20 million followers. Now, of 30 million of his followers, this number dropped to 51 percent- meaning around 8.3 million of his followers are fake.
Judging Twitter Success by Followers
Many have been pointing out that although Twitter handles are judged by the number of followers they have, it can be fairly easy to get a number of fake accounts following you if you just have a bit of money. Joe Mande, a comedian with around 1 million followers on Twitter has this in his bio: “Twitter is trash, facebook’s the devil, I bought a million followers for like $400 none of this shit matters Antarctica is melting.”
He even commented on this last November, saying: “The simplest way to tell who’s winning the Twitter game is by counting followers,” he wrote. “The biggest celebrity accounts—Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga—seem to have millions of followers. But in 2012 I learned that only a portion of those are real humans; some are ‘bots,’ artificially created to boost an account’s popularity. Immediately, I knew that I had found my calling.”