Phony Baloney Revealed: Twitter Audit Exposes Presidential Wannabe Hillary’s Fake Twitter Followers, More Than 1 Million
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on November 12, 2015
Did Hillary Clinton know that more 1 million of her so-called Twitter followers are phantoms, that they are as fake as a three-dollar bill?
Or, was she too busy using her unsecured personal email account for sensitive government correspondences?
To quote Hillary, “What difference does it make?”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 9, 2015
Reported earlier this week by Breitbart, Audit Shows Hillary Clinton Has the Most Fake Twitter Followers:
The Washington Examiner reports an audit of the Twitter accounts for the 2016 presidential candidates found Hillary Clinton has the highest percentage of phony followers by far, a whopping 41 percent. This means that of the 4.65 million followers Clinton claims, 1,906,500 of them might be fakes.
These fake followers were sniffed out with a tool called TwitterAudit, which examines the activity on Twitter accounts and looks for telltale signs of falsehood, such as a very low number of tweets, small numbers of followers, and other metrics combined into an authenticity score. Its creators readily concede the process is not perfect and can have a significant margin of error.
Still, for very large Twitter followings such as those enjoyed by top politicians and celebrities, the audit program delivers interesting results. Fake Twitter accounts often use the default “egg” avatar. You’ve got to fake some eggs to make a popularity omelette these days.
Some of the fakes probably build up in pyramids, as organizations with padded Twitter followings flock to candidates they support. It would not be difficult for fairly small groups of people, using the dark arts of social-media illusion, to whip up enormous blocks of phony accounts to show support for their heroes.
This is just one of many ways in which the Internet can be used as a tool to manufacture approval; other recent controversies have included companies buying or creating false positive reviews for their products and massive email campaigns that proved to be largely the work of bots. If the media wasn’t so obsessed with social media, and so interested in finding ways to manipulate public perceptions of popularity, these tricks probably wouldn’t work so well.
— Joe Elector (@joeelector) November 12, 2015