A new analysis of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter followers reveals that most of the “people” subscribing to his feed on the popular social media platform are “bots, spam, inactive or propaganda”.
According to the findings of an online marketing company, released last week, along with its analysis of the feeds of other public figures such as President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reveals that all of these figures had large numbers of fake followers, but nobody had the true bloat that our most bloviating president has.
Walter Einenkel of Daily Kos says that everything about Donald Trump is a fraud, from his wealth and business acumen to his actual popularity and personal convictions. According to the analysis, there were a few accounts with higher propaganda bloat: a Russian journalist with 82 percent fake followers and an Indonesian news source with just over 69 percent.
According to the marketing company, it used a series of 14 “signals” to peg potentially fraudulent accounts, from long inactivity, to “abnormally large” amounts of activity, to “spam-correlated keywords in their profile description”. Any single signal was not enough to flag an account as fake. The accounts that checked off at least 7-10 signals were flagged. Trump’s account has some highlights, of course.
With regard to Trump’s account, it was found that the spike of extremely low quality followers that fire 10+ spam flags suggests that this account in particular has been the target of a lot of suspicious activity.
The ease with which these accounts can be identified suggests Twitter is unwilling (rather than unable) to identify and remove obvious spam/bots/inactive/propaganda accounts.Comparison against other prominent and well-followed American politicians suggests that the issue is unique to, or at least amplified, on @realdonaldtrump vs. others.