As Musk Calls Out Twitter Over Fake Accounts, Audit Reveals Half of Biden’s Followers Are Fake

As Musk Calls Out Twitter Over Fake Accounts, Audit Reveals Half of Biden’s Followers Are Fake By Abby Liebing  for Western Journalist

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter has unearthed some interesting aspects of the company. Among other things, it has begun to shine a light on the bogus accounts that litter the platform.

Musk has bemoaned the plethora of “spam bots” on Twitter, and the billionaire’s purchase of the company has been halted as he seeks more information on just how many Twitter accounts are fake.

A report Tuesday shows he has a reason to be concerned.

An audit of President Joe Biden’s 22.2 million followers on Twitter discovered that about half are fake accounts, Newsweek reported.

The analysis, which used an audience research tool provided by the software company SparkToro, looked at a variety of factors, including location issues, default profile images and new users.

It found that 49.3 percent of the accounts following Biden — nearly 11 million — are bogus.

SparkToro defines fake followers as “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 or because they’re no longer active on Twitter).”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 results of this audit are, first off, just embarrassing for the president. To be a major world leader and only have several million real followers does not bode well for popularity and approval.

But Biden’s Twitter account was not the only one that had a significant percentage of fake followers.

SparkToro found that out of Musk’s 93.3 million followers, 70.2 percent are fake — reinforcing Musk’s concerns about the user base of the platform that he offered $44 billion to buy.

At the beginning of May, Twitter claimed in a quarterly filing that less than 5 percent of its accounts were spam or fake, Reuters reported.

The company acknowledged that its “estimation of false or spam accounts may not accurately represent the actual number.”

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