Tuesday, June 6, 2017
A Twitter Audit Has Revealed That Almost Half Of Trump’s Followers Are Fake
In a piece he wrote last November for The New Yorker comedian Joe Mande explained that of his 1.01 million followers only a thousand are legitimately his. He admitted in the article that he had, as a meta-joke, purchased a million followers "for like $400"
As it turns out it looks very much like Donald Trump has done exactly this.
Trump Twitter followers noticed last Tuesday that his account saw an abnormal spike in followers over the weekend, many of which appear to have been created artificially.
At this moment Trump currently has 31 million followers and if you browse through them you will find that many of the accounts that joined his account in May 2017 are tweet-less and picture-less. If you wish to take it a step further you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump into "Twitter Audit", a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers. If and when you do this it reveals that only 51 percent of Trump's are real!!!!
This isn't the first time someone has pointed out that Trump's Twitter following is fake, but what's interesting is that its number his fake followers seems to be increasing.
In January, journalist Yashar Ali ran an audit on Trump's Twitter account and found that 68 percent of his then-20 million followers were real. Now he's at 30 plus million followers, but only 51 percent are real. This means that of 10 million followers Trump has gained since January, about 8.3 million are fake.
It is not so hard to believe that Trump would pad his numbers as we all know that nothing more important to Trump than the number of people who adore him and how those numbers stack up against other public figures.
If you were wondering, and we know you were, Barack Obama's Twitter account blows Trump's out of the water boasting a whopping 89 million followers.
That is good for third-most in the world behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber and a Twitter Audit reveals that 79 percent of Obama's followers are real.
You know that's gotta be killing Trump. 😭