BUSTED! CNN’s Twitter Revealed As Mostly Fake

BUSTED! CNN’s Twitter Revealed As Mostly Fake

Donald Trump branded CNN as “fake news” and ever since he did, the label has stuck. Add in the fact that CNN recently had to retract a story and it’s gotten even worse for CNN. Now, it appears that even their Twitter account may be fake.

CNN has over 36 million followers on Twitter — a hearty number, but it’s also what would be expected out of a big cable network. Unfortunately, TwitterAudit.com discovered a big problem: only about half of those followers are actual people. The other half are spam accounts, or bots intentionally created to inflate CNN’s numbers.

“According to TwitterAudit, the site determines the quality and score of real and fake followers by taking “a sample of up to 5000 (or more, if you subscribe to Pro) Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet and ratio of followers to friends,” Breitbart reported. “TwitterAudit states that these results are not definitive but do provide insight into whether or not a Twitter account gained followers through illegitimate means: ‘We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake. Of course, this scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means.'”

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CNN isn’t the only major network to have a poor score from TwitterAudit — Fox News had a score of 53%, barely edging out CNN’s 52% score.

Now some of those followers are bound to be spam and there’s nothing that CNN or Fox can do about that. But when fake accounts make up almost half of your followers, then clearly there’s something bigger going on than just an influx of spam accounts.

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