Hillary Has More Fake Twitter Followers Than ANY Other Presidential Candidate

by Warner Todd Huston | June 17, 2015 12:02 pm

Like just about everything else surrounding Hillary Clinton, we now find that her Twitter followers are fake, too. All of the GOP candidates are in the 80 percent and higher percentiles of real Twitter followers. But just under half of Hillary’s Twitter followers are fake.

Now, there are many reasons that a follower of your feed can be “fake.” You might have been followed by a bot. That is beyond your control, of course. But another reason–especially for political candidates–is that you have fake accounts set up just to auto re-tweet your messages. In other words, you have fake followers that YOU set up to astroturf your message. And Hillary has more fake followers than all of them.

The folks at Vocativ[1] have looked over the accounts.

When it comes to fake Twitter followers, Hillary Clinton is winning the presidential race by a landslide. Clinton has more fake followers and a higher ratio of bogus Twitter fans than any of the other main 2016 presidential contenders, a Vocativ analysis shows.

On the other end of the scale, the candidates with the lowest percentage of fake Twitter followers are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Contrary to what one might guess from his reputation for extravagant self-promotion, Trump’s 2.6 million Twitter followers are 90 percent real people. Only 311,388 were deemed fake by the analysis using the tool TwitterAudit.

Bernie Sanders was tied for the highest ratio of authentic followers—90 percent of his 300,000-plus followers are real people. Then comes Gov. Jeb Bush with 89% of his followers registering as real. On the bottom of the Twitter list is Clinton, with a whopping 35 percent of her 2.3 million Twitter followers coming up as fake.

Like so much about the Clintons, her Twitter feed is fake, too. Hillary is the Rachel Dolezal of candidates.

Endnotes:
  1. folks at Vocativ: http://www.vocativ.com/usa/us-politics/hillary-clinton-has-more-fake-twitter-followers-than-other-candidates/

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