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Over Half Of Elon Musk’s Twitter Followers Are Fake: Report

Weeks before his deal to acquire Twitter had been finalized, Elon Musk sent out a tweet in which he vowed to eliminate fake accounts on the social media platform, including “spam bots.”

If Musk is serious about his pledge, he won’t need to look any further than his own Twitter account, which is allegedly followed by 90 million people, because a recent audit shows that more than half of those 90 million are fakes, according to The Independent:

Figures from SparkToro estimate that 53.3 per cent of Mr Musk’s followers are “fake followers” – meaning they are either spam accounts, bots, or no longer active.

That 53.3% figure is much higher than other accounts that have a similar number of followers, suggesting that Musk tends to attract all sorts of fakes on social media.

“This audit (analyzes) a sample of 2,000 random accounts from the most recent 100,000 accounts that follow elonmusk, then looks at 25+ factors correlated with spam/ bot/ low quality accounts,” SparkToro explained.

Musk also vowed that if his takeover attempt is successful (which remains uncertain, as he still has to clear several regulatory hurdles), he would “authenticate all real humans” as part of his housecleaning on the platform.

How do many scammers operate on Twitter? The usually impersonate a well-known person as a way to gain a foothold with others on social media:

Mr Musk, a vocal cryptocurrency advocate, has been plagued by scammers in recent years, who frequently post in his replies in an attempt to trick his followers into sending them bitcoin.

A common tactic of the scammers is to impersonate the tech billionaire with similar-looking accounts, which then hold “crypto giveaways” requiring victims to send bitcoin (BTC) or Ethereum (ETH) in order to ostensibly receive double the amount in return.

So Musk wants to eliminate fakes and scams, and yet he’s been a victim himself, as his name is used to fleece those who think they’ve found a sure way to make a quick score in the crypto market, which many financial analysts warn is little more than a giant Ponzi scheme that will eventually crash, leaving millions of investors holding the bag.

One thing is certain: If Musk wants to crack down on fake accounts, he doesn’t need to look any further than 53.3% of the ones that currently follow him. Let’s see if he’s willing to give up 45.5 million followers or if he’s just blowing smoke. The ball’s in your court, Elon.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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