As many as 70 percent — or 56.3 million — of President Donald Trump’s Twitter followers are fake or inactive, according to an expert interviewed by Mediaite.
“Our tool defines ‘fake followers’ as accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets either because they are spam, bots, propaganda, or no longer active on Twitter,” said Casey Henry, the co-founder and chief technology officer of SparkToro, a software company that provides an online tool for analyzing followers on Twitter.
The problem isn’t a new one, but it does seem to be growing. Studies conducted by several organizations in 2016 suggested that around 60 percent of Trump’s followers at the time were “fake,” in the range of 5 million. By some estimates, nearly 80 percent of Obama’s followers were legitimate that year.