According to a recent audit, at least half of President Biden’s 22.2 million Twitter followers are fake. According to Newsweek, the audit conducted by the social media giant by software startup SparkToro discovered that 49.3% of the president’s followers are “fake followers.” SparkToro 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 or because they’re no longer active on Twitter).”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and a potential Twitter buyer, has voiced alarm about the rising number of phony accounts and suggested a possible crackdown. Musk claims that 20% of all Twitter accounts are bogus and has threatened to cancel his $44 million acquisition of the social media behemoth until the problem is remedied. He stated, “My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does.”
Current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal responded to Musk, claiming that the social media platform suspends over half a million spam accounts per day and locks millions of accounts suspected of being spam. A similar audit was performed on Musk’s account and revealed that roughly 70.2% of his 93.3 million Twitter followers were phony.