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Audit Reveals Half of Biden’s Twitter Followers are Fake Accounts

Audit Reveals Half of Biden’s Twitter Followers are Fake Accounts

The news could put a dent in Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter.

A tool provided by software company SparkToro revealed that 49.3% of President Joe Biden’s 22.2 million Twitter followers are fake.

According to SparkToro, fake followers are “accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets (either because they’re spam, bots, propaganda, etc. or because they’re no longer active on Twitter).”

The news could put a dent in Elon Musk’s plan to buy Twitter.

Musk demanded transparency on fake and spam accounts in order for the $44 billion deal to move forward.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal claimed only about 5% of the accounts are fake or spam. Musk estimated that the number could be around 20% or even higher, but did not explain his calculations.

Agrawal tried to explain the issue on Monday. From Newsweek:

“We suspend over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter. We also lock millions of accounts each week that we suspect may be spam, if they can’t pass human verification challenges (captchas, phone verification, etc),” Agrawal wrote.

The Twitter CEO also said the company has estimated “every quarter” that less than five percent of monetizable daily active users (mDAU) were spam accounts.

Musk initially responded to Agrawal’s 13-tweet thread with a poop emoji and later wrote: “So how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money? This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.”

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It’s only fitting, as half of his voters in 2020 were fake.

    Idonttweet in reply to WestRock. | May 20, 2022 at 8:57 am

    If half are fake followers, the astonishing part is that the other half are actually real and eleven million actual people are following him.

Mr. Eighty one million ballots is all about fake but the damage he is doing is real and deliberate.

livefreeorpie1791 | May 19, 2022 at 7:32 am

They’re not fake! You just can’t see them… 🥴

What I am really curious about is:
Has Twitter been filing false reports to the SEC, the investors and advertisers?
Who is going to pay for the fraud?

    guyjones in reply to Exiliado. | May 19, 2022 at 7:44 am

    I don’t think either the full extent of the fake accounts problem, nor, management’s awareness/reaction to it, is completely clear, yet. But, if management was aware of the fake accounts problem and 1) didn’t fully disclose that fact/risk to investors and in SEC filings, and, 2) recorded inflated revenue, based on advertisers paying improperly inflated ad rates (based upon an inflated user base), there could be grounds for SEC enforcement actions, as well as from duped advertisers, and, shareholders. It would be a giant mess.

      Whitewall in reply to guyjones. | May 19, 2022 at 8:04 am

      At this rate Elon may be able to pick up Twitter real cheap and make it actually useful for positive purposes. Democrats will hate that.

    nordic_prince in reply to Exiliado. | May 19, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Well, PV put out a video the other day where the guy admitted Twitter is far more concerned about ideology than they are about making money. The two themes are related.

    taurus the judge in reply to Exiliado. | May 19, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    WE the PEOPLE are paying for the fraud (in more ways than one)

Dubious dimwits of the dotard.

I wanted to leave the link for this tool, using @LegInsurrection as an example.. but there was a failure of twitter’s API
Maybe they don’t want people using this tool any more.

https://sparktoro.com/fake-followers/leginsurrection

    Valerie in reply to amwick. | May 19, 2022 at 9:04 am

    I tried it, anyway. It wants me to sign in with identifiable id in order to see anything. I’m not in the mood to be placed on somebody’s mailing list in exchange for the experience.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 19, 2022 at 8:24 am

I know I’m about to set off a firestorm and am committing a capital crime in the eyes of some by bringing it up, but, here goes:

Before Trump was banned, what was his ratio of real to fake followers?

Yes. I know. I have blasphemed.

    Whitewall in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 19, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Maybe the vast majority of everything on the web is fake?

    CommoChief in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 19, 2022 at 8:39 am

    And the first of the commandments stated
    ‘ I have brought you out of the land of Obama and out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no candidates before me’.

    And the second of the commandments stated
    ‘You shall bow before and serve no other candidate, for I am a jealous MAGA king, visiting inequity of their fathers unto the fourth generation of those who ho hate me but shall show mercy to those who keep my commandments’.

    Its irrelevant as Trump is not the President now.

    That’s not blasphemy. It’s a question worth asking, because tracking down this dross may let us know who is pulling this nonsense.

    I would be very comforted to find out that it was merely a proliferation of venal advertisers.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Valerie. | May 19, 2022 at 9:57 am

      Questioning everything of or pertaining to Donald Trump is blasphemy in the eyes of some. I voted for him twice, but I don’t see him as being first in line for the next vacancy in the holy trinity. There seems to be some who do.

    Not firestorm bait – celebrities, wanna-be celebrities, politicians, and any website that gets revenue from click-ads has a vested interest in inflated numbers.

    Add to that on the posting side spammers and paid political trolls (they do exist, although if I had a dollar for every time I saw a (L) on a mostly (L) website accuse a real (C) person of being a paid troll I’d be happy)

    It’s quite possible Trump’s Twitter following exceeded that 5% figure even if the Trump Camp didn’t inflate it themselves.

    taurus the judge in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 19, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Its highly doubtful we will ever know for sure.

    Given Twitter obviously has (had) both a vested interest in the outcome as well as an agenda to front, it is most likely that: (This is assuming the numbers themselves are not made up out of whole cloth)

    They artificially modified the pro followers to keep it low ( they want the subliminal message few follow or support him) then add the bots to that

    They enhanced the dislikes for the same reason

    Griz – I have vague recollection of something Trump talked about during an Apprentice episode; having to do with using social media – buying followers / likes, etc. – to create the image/impression of popularity / worth for a product his team was marketing. I remember at the time being appalled because it seemed dishonest and unethical to me – at the very least negotiating in bad faith. Don’t ask me to cite exact words or episode / season information; whatever the specificics, I was just left with that impression.

    Ethically, it seemed no different to me than accepting a free weekend stay at a resort in exchange for attending a sales meeting where the team plys attendees with all manner of manipulative tricks to make a sale.

      swampdave in reply to MrE. | May 19, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      Maybe there is no difference, until you decide to sell your fake accounts for $44 billion

      henrybowman in reply to MrE. | May 19, 2022 at 4:53 pm

      I attended a free course on social media held by my local Chamber of Commerce around 2006 (pre-Twitter). I was pretty sure I wanted to avoid social media like herpes, but it was free and I wanted to hear the party line. The presenter was very matter-of-fact. Step 1 was put up a site on Facebook. step 2 was buy followers from one of the names on this list. There was another list where for much more money, you could buy mega=followers, but her opinion was that the returns weren’t cost-effective for small businesses like we all ran in town.

The same research showed that 79+% of Musk followers are also fake accounts. This is nothing new. It’s been happening for hundreds of years on the internet.

healthguyfsu | May 19, 2022 at 11:47 am

Phone verification…yeah, I’m going to give you my phone number just because you can’t tell that I’m making real and valid points against one of your beloved members of the grievance class.

I think the takeaway from all of this is that Musk ain’t gonna buy Twitter.

    taurus the judge in reply to Peabody. | May 19, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I think he is but I also think he knew ( or suspected) this from the beginning and this always was a plan to break them first both in terms of their stranglehold and then market value.

    Basically a pre purchase “purge” of both people and processes on their dime first to justify a lower price.

    henrybowman in reply to Peabody. | May 19, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I’m thinking he still may, but he may get it for $49.99 and a draft pick to be named later.

A World Class Plagiarist and LIAR, Biden led about his educational exploits, his writings and speeches, his legislative accomplishments 🙄, his civil rights background, his IQ, and very nearly everything that has come out of his mouth! Who wouldn’t expect that half (or more) of his online followers and his voters were/are BOGUS !!!!!

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