'Something fishy' may be going on with Trump's Twitter account, researchers say

When Trump was still running for president in April 2016, the stats website fivethirtyeight.com estimated that eight percent of his followers were fake.

The libs are screaming that almost half of President Donald Trump's Twitter followers are fake accounts that don't correspond to real people. 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. As of the end of the month, Trump's personal account has a total of 31 million - he gained 3 million new followers for the entire month of May.

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A few years back Billboard reported that of pop singer Justin Bieber's then-37 million followers, 53 percent were fake.

On Tuesday, a separate tweet from author John Niven asserted that many new Twitter accounts did not have corresponding photos. If you're still curious, you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump, into Twitter Audit, a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers, and find that only 51 percent of Trump's are real. The comedian Joe Mande now has a healthy 1.01 million followers, but his bio contains a caveat: "twitter is trash, facebook's the devil, i bought a million followers for like $400 none of this shit matters antarctica is melting". But what's more interesting is the fact that the vast majority of these new followers are bots - fake computerized followers.

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So what could be the reasoning for this giant surge in Twitter followers? Here, Perry, who is the most followed person on Twitter, performs at the Wango Tango concert in Carson, California, May 13, 2017. According to archives, it has taken Trump since the beginning of March to gain a total of 5 million new followers. But if you check Twitter this morning, you will notice that "covfefe" is the top hashtag (at least top unpaid hashtag).

"This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends".

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