Apparently, fake Twitter followers are the new thing in town if you are out for a quick win situation. This has been the case that exposed the Twitter accounts of America’s top presidential candidates for the 2020 presidential run. The same auditors who carried this out pointed out that the only legit followers were found in the accounts of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. That could be true or otherwise, but the critical thing here is that there is a lot of deception going on around us, whether we can see it or not.
So, why the Fake Twitter Followers?
We may already know the answer to this. Let us begin by thinking of them all as looking for a campaign strategy. That campaign strategy is bound to reach many people at once as possible. And as we all know, there is nothing that beats the power of social media. Especially when you’re advertising anything or anyone. Seriously, business organizations have been known to buy Twitter followers and like, and all was okay, it is the same thing.
Fake followers are bought and are more natural ways to appear to have a crowd behind you if you are dealing with a competitor. If people wanted to follow you and your followers are only countable, they would think twice about going through with it in the first place. We want to follow influential people and believe you, there is power in numbers.
The more followers you have, the farther your content is bound to reach; at least this is a given theory. So, for American presidential aspirants to have fake followers is an attempt at staying ahead of the competition while they spread their political gospel far and wide. The only problem comes when you begin to think of them as people who will be holding the most powerful office in the world. Having fake followers is as good as cheating already. This might lower their credibility considerably, in the long run.
How did the Auditors know the Followers were Fake?
Well, this is pretty much easy to tell, at least for any great auditor. First, the total number of followers was considered, and it was scrutinized whether there was a sudden upsurge in the amount in recent months. If there were, it would merely imply that they were bought right about the same time there was a surge.
But that is not all; if so many followers with little or no history on twitter show up on your profile, they are bot followers. They are considered inorganic because organic followers have a steady growth pace with which they are known. But sudden new followers are most undoubtedly inorganic.
According to the companies that conducted these audits, the followers to friends ration on the twitter accounts of the named persons had poor scores. This is to indicate the presence of fake followers, followers obtained through inorganic means, fraudulent and dishonest methods.
A look at the Twitter Followers of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders
According to the auditors of the twitter accounts of the American presidential aspirants of 2020, the only accounts that passed the hard test were those of Donald Trump, the Republican president, and Bernie Sanders, the famous democrat senator. Lucky for these two, their followers are genuine, meaning if they are getting any support through twitter, it is a real support. And if any interest is shown via their twitter handles, it is genuine interest.
Image: Donal Trump Recent Audit Score. Screenshot taken on Septenber 1, 2019
However, there is a chance that the two accounts have several fake followers. But considering their positions in the government, their twitter accounts can be regarded as high risk, and there is always a high chance that there could be controversial positions regarding the number of twitter followers, the number of retweets, as well as the number of the likes.
Image: Bernie Sanders Recent Audit Score. Screenshot taken on September 1, 2019
According to the audit, more than half of Cory Booker’s Followers were Fake
Image: Cory Booker Audit Score on March 2019. Photo taken from PeoplePounditdaily
Well, according to the scores of the audit that was carried out, senator Cory Booker has approximately a quarter a million fake followers! This means that only about one point seven million followers are real here, and the rest is a pure scam for the public. The current number of followers for Senator Cory Booker is approximately four point one eight million. You see, when it looks too cool to be true on the surface, it is okay to think again. Interestingly enough, this is approximately the same number of followers there was during the audit exercise.
Image: Cory Booker recent audit report. Screenshot taken on September 1, 2019
What about Senator Elizabeth Warren?
It could have been the case for Senator Elizabeth Warren, but then the auditors could not confirm the results, seeing that her presidential account for 2020 does not have a track long enough for audit. So, what happens now that we know all these could be lies?
Image: Elizabeth Warren Audit Score last March 2019. Photo taken from peoplePoundit
The female senator has approximately two point two million fake twitter followers, leaving us with about two million real followers. It is even more apparent that the followers are fake, considering there have been fewer updates in their twitter handles since they expressed their interest to run for the presidency.
Image: Elizabeth Warren Recent Audit Score. Screenshot taken on September 1, 2019
There is more Deception on Kamala Harris’ Twitter handle as well
So, it appears that deception is all over our presidential aspirants, is it not? Senator Kamala Harris has not been left behind, either. According to the auditors, Senator Harris has less than two million twitter followers on her handle. Of those, seven hundred and forty thousand followers were fake or inorganic. Hers may have been quite fair because she had a score of 60%; at least above half. It might be fair, yes, but it is still deception, notwithstanding.
Image: Kamala Harris Audit Score on March 2019. Photo taken from Peoplepoundit
Upon being called for an interview on OANN by Jack Posobiec, her twitter followers registered a surge upwards, which could be explainable. Also, her followers may have increased after her interest in the presidential race was declared. However possible that could be, it would not make her score rise from 60% to over 94% in less than one week!
Image: Kamala Harris recent Audit Report. Screenshot taken on September 1, 2019