Are popular entertainers like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj tweeting to hundreds, if not thousands, of fake followers ? According to a recent report, over 20% of their followers are fake.
“At first glance, the extremely large percentage of inauthentic followers is rather astonishing, given that the average Twitter account has a fake percentage in the single digits. Yet, I am not suggesting that any of the above celebrities purchased bot Twitter followers, nor do I have any direct evidence that this is the case,” reports Forbes. “Although one can imagine that the temptation to cheat is strong among handlers responsible for managing a celebrity’s social media network.”
According to StatusPeople, the company that released a chart of major names with allegedly fake or inactive accounts, 35% of Rihanna’s followers are fake in comparison to 24% of Nicki Minaj’s followers.
If you do the math, all of this means Rihanna allegedly has over 8.6 million fraudulent followers. In comparison, Nicki Minaj has over 3.43 million fake followers.
While all of this can’t be proven (technically), it is somewhat interesting since there are services that allow people to purchase followers or exchange.
Kim Kardashian, President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Shakira also made the list.