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Half of Donald Trump's Twitter followers are bots

01 June 2017

No, we don't mean MAGA robots that would blissfully follow Trump to the sun.

The tweeter-in-chief has picked up roughly 3 million twitter followers in recent days, most of which appear to be recently created twitter bots.

Trump's twitter following is now up to 31 million. A survey of numerous new Trump followers shows that many are also following celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon, and LeBron James, and brands like ESPN and CNN - the same types of popular accounts that are regularly suggested to all new users during Twitter's initial onboarding process.

That's a big dip in the percentage of real people following the president.

Nearly 70 percent of pop star Katy Perry's 99 million twitter followers are fake.

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As a result, some are calling for the president's Twitter account to be cancelled, and Trump be sent to Twitter jail, so to speak. The next time a person makes an appearance on the unaudited list is at the thirteenth place, and that is soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, with a total of 52.7 million followers.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey estimates that the number of fake accounts on their platform is closer to 5%.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this year, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Clint Watts described how Russian agents used Twitter bot armies to spread fake news during the election, including using accounts that appeared to belong to Republican voters from the Midwest. Some folks can live with that, like comedian Joe Mande, who owns up to that fact in his Twitter bio. Here, he speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin, May 30, 2017. So, while Trump's data was refreshed only a few hours ago, Perry's was last updated over a week ago while Bieber's was last checked four days ago.

"It's kind of the doping of the Twitter universe if you will", Dessi said. This score is based on the number of tweets, date of the last tweet and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake. He has forged a career out of social media and the internet and said he recognizes follower buying as common practice. For instance, there are businesses that will get you 1,000 new Twitter followers for about $15.