Half of Donald Trump's Twitter followers are bots

As the US settled back into its weekday routine Tuesday following the three-day Memorial Day weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tackle a number of issues, including urging the Senate to expedite actions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slamming the USA trade deficit with USA ally Germany.

According to twitteraudit, half of Trump's followers 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. 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. Therefore, it could be just a case that the audit had under 2,500 of fake accounts in their sample.

For comparison's sake, President Obama's twitter account has 89 million followers - and 79% of them are real. It's unclear if trumps followers on other social platforms have also increased in this way. Suddenly now, he has over 30 million followers.

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But since the Dumpster is already the most powerful man in the world, we all know he doubled his following with bots because he's obsessed with vanity numbers - like his "landslide" election win.

Twitter spokesperson Nicholas Pacilio called twitteraudit.com's methodologies "very flawed", adding that their count inevitably includes Twitter users who don't often tweet or ones who use the service but haven't bothered filling out a full profile. According to archives, it has taken Trump since the beginning of March to gain a total of 5 million new followers. Some folks can live with that, like comedian Joe Mande, who owns up to that fact in his Twitter bio. So, while Trump's data was refreshed only a few hours ago, Perry's was last updated over a week ago while Bieber's was last checked four days ago.

The website, which says it has been "exposing Twitter fraud since 2012", explains its methodology, which it admits is not an exact science. He has forged a career out of social media and the internet and said he recognizes follower buying as common practice.

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