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01 June 2017, 12:41 | Bernice Figueroa
But the thing is that followers (either on Twitter or Instagram) can very easily be purchased, and spam 'bots are also a common problem, especially for popular figures. Trump produced five Twitter posts on his personal account and none on the official one as of early Tuesday afternoon.
Trump had around 25 million followers only a few days ago.
According to numerous reports, Donald Trump'sTwitter account has grown by 5 million followers in the last three days.
Since February 7th, the president has gained nearly 7 million followers, Social Rank reports. That millions of fake accounts would glom onto the most controversial person on the planet, and subsequently on the social network, right now is hardly surprising.
Still, Trump's peculiar Twitter following in the last month has stoked speculation about the veracity of his Twitter followers. The comedian Joe Mande now has a healthy 1.01 million followers, but his bio contains a caveat: "twitter is trash, facebook's the devil, i bought a million followers for like $400 none of this shit matters antarctica is melting".
What is odd is the percentage of his new followers that appear to be bots.
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Most of the President's social media following (31 million strong) doesn't seem to mind when he tweets made up words or alternative facts - probably because they're non-voting, non-thinking robots.
However, Trump has had an influx in followers since he took office.
"That's really the tell-all of who the real followers are", he said.
The audit tool is updated for different accounts at different points in time. Social media followers are usually seen as a sign of popularity or societal importance.
Malcolm Nance, a retired U.S. Navy cryptologist and intelligence expert, said he believes that the increase in bots following Trump could show that "Russian cyber warfare support [is] ramping up for @POTUS" and that this kind of behavior can be a "key intelligence indicator". "Of course, this scoring method is not flawless 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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