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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fake Followers

A number of posts have discussed the political role of Twitter.  Darren Samuelsohn reports at Politico:
Politicians hustling to stay relevant on the social media battlefield should take notice before boasting about large numbers of Twitter followers: Their stats are almost certainly juiced.
A black market for fake followers — commonly known as “bots” — has infiltrated nearly every politically linked account from the White House to Congress to the 2016 campaign trail, undermining the reliability for one of the most commonly cited metrics of success in the Twittersphere.
According to a POLITICO-driven analysis, heavy hitters with Twitter handles attracting the highest rates of fake followers include the president’s political account @BarackObama (46.8 percent), Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s @DWStweets (35.1 percent), the official handle @SenJohnMcCain (23.6 percent) and likely White House aspirants @HillaryClinton (21.9 percent) and @ChrisChristie (18.9 percent).