Nearly half of Donald Trump's Twitter followers are fake

Anyone can amass an exorbitant number of Twitter followers.

Many of Trump's new followers are not humans, but robotic networks.

Mande even explained the stunt last November in The New Yorker. "The simplest way to tell who's winning the Twitter game is by counting followers", he wrote. On that account, he has 18.1 million followers.

It is unusual or at least unprecedented in Twitter's admittedly short history for the sitting president of the United States to buy followers while in office.

A quick look at some of his new following reveals that the majority of them are new accounts without photos, bios or tweets meaning it is highly likely that they are fake.

Trump now has 31 million followers and, sure enough, if you browse through them you will find an unusal number of tweet-less, picture-less accounts that joined the service in May 2017.

The president now enjoys 31 million followers on Twitter, far less than Barack Obama's 89.2 million and way too high for a man who doesn't know how to thread properly.

Only Trump and perhaps some collection of his advisors know for certain if this president bought any of his 31 million followers. But after a recent stretch in which the president or someone helping to manage his profile blocked some users, an audit of @realdonaldtrump shows just about half of those 31 million accounts are fake. Just over a year ago he had just 7.6 million followers, but only 8% were fake, according to FiveThirtyEight. Few would mistake trump follower "John John" for a real person. 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.

In case you're wondering, 79 percent of Obama's followers are real.

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