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Twitter Audit Reveals Half of Joe Biden’s Followers Are Fake

The analysis looked at a variety of factors, including location issues

 on 18th May 2022 @ 6.00pm
aufit found that 49 3 percent of the accounts following biden     nearly 11 million     are bogus © press
Aufit found that 49.3 percent of the accounts following Biden — nearly 11 million — are bogus

Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter has exposed bogus accounts that litter the platform, including President Joe Biden’s fake followers.

Musk highlighted a plethora of “spam bots” on Twitter, resulting in his purchase being halted as he seeks more information on just how many Twitter accounts are fake.

Meanwhile, an audit of President Joe Biden’s 22.2 million followers on Twitter discovered that about half are fake accounts, Newsweek reported.

The analysis looked at a variety of factors, including location issues, default profile images, and new users.

It found that 49.3 percent of the accounts following Biden — nearly 11 million — are bogus.

twitter claimed in a quarterly filing that less than 5 percent of its accounts were spam or fake © press
Twitter claimed in a quarterly filing that less than 5 percent of its accounts were spam or fake

SparkToro, a research tool conducting the analysis, defines fake followers as “accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets (either because they’re spam, bots, propaganda, etc. or because they’re no longer active on Twitter).”

The results are a huge embarrassment for Biden.

To be a major world leader and only have several million real followers does not bode well for popularity and approval.

SparkToro also found that out of Musk’s 93.3 million followers, 70.2 percent are fake, reinforcing Musk’s concerns about the user base of the platform.

Twitter claimed in a quarterly filing that less than 5 percent of its accounts were spam or fake, Reuters reported.

The company acknowledged that its “estimation of false or spam accounts may not accurately represent the actual number.”

musk announced that the deal was  temporarily on hold pending details © press
Musk announced that the deal was 'temporarily on hold pending details'

Musk announced that the deal was “temporarily on hold pending details” about Twitter’s fake account calculations — but said he remained “committed to acquisition.”

The billionaire said the deal will not progress until he has more clarity on how many accounts on Twitter are fake.

Musk estimates that about 20 percent of accounts are bogus, and he’s concerned that the number could be even higher.

If a significant amount of Twitter’s user base is fake, that could drastically affect the value of the company.

Without an accurate tally of spam accounts, Musk tweeted, “how do advertisers know what they’re getting for their money?

"This is fundamental to the financial health of Twitter.”

The billionaire said Tuesday that his purchase of the company “cannot move forward” until Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal shows proof that less than 5 percent of accounts are fake.

Musk has even called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get involved.

“Twitter claims that >95% of daily active users are real, unique humans. Does anyone have that experience?” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

When someone responded by suggesting the SEC should begin an investigation, Musk replied, “Hello @SECGov, anyone home?”

If the impasse is broken and the deal goes through, Musk might end up buying Twitter at a discount.

[RELATED] Elon Musk under Investigation by Biden's SEC over Twitter Purchase 

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