Why Did Trump Get 5M Twitter Bots To Follow Him This Week?

Author

01 June, 2017

Fake Twitter accounts usually have no picture, tweets or followers and freaky, nonsensical handles.

These fakes, or bots, often do a poor job of blending in. The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, Newsweek, Teen Vogue, and left-leaning website Daily Kos shared Niven's tweet, and some prominent personalities shared the initial tweet. Twitteraudit says that the last time his account was audited, four months and one week ago, or shortly after Trump took office, 79 percent of Obama's followers were human and 21 percent appeared to be bots. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the @txmockingjay tweet contained unsupported information. But if you check Twitter this morning, you will notice that "covfefe" is the top hashtag (at least top unpaid hashtag).

While it may not have grown very quickly, Trump's account has added more than 2 million followers this month, according to Mashable.

Justin Bieber, also a musician, comes in at second spot on the list of most popular celebrities on Twitter, with a total of over 95 million followers, of which the audit tool claims nearly 57 million are fake.

"I couldn't be sure as I was skimming a lot of tweets so I don't remember the original poster", they said. If you're still curious, you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump, into Twitter Audit, a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers, and find that only 51 percent of Trump's are real.

Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team
Will Ivanka and Kushner return to NY as a diversion, or will there be more shake-ups in the Trump administration? It is journalistic protocol to restrict the identification of sources when requested, and where necessary.


North Korea problem 'will be solved'
The United States has for weeks been negotiating a new Security Council sanctions resolution with China. Trump's remarks came ahead of a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe .


Attackers of Egyptian Christians trained in Libya
Egypt's Christian minority, which makes up about 10% of the country's population, has repeatedly been targeted by armed groups. Six air strikes against "terror camps in Libya" were reported by the state-run television.


As the US settled back into its weekday routine Tuesday following the three-day Memorial Day weekend, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tackle a number of issues, including urging the Senate to expedite actions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and slamming the USA trade deficit with USA ally Germany.

Twitter users had a field day Tuesday with news of Trump's surge.

"The practice of buying followers has existed as long as Twitter has existed", said Chris Dessi, the founder of Silverback Social.

Trump now has 31 million followers and, sure enough, if you browse through them you will find an unusal number of tweet-less, picture-less accounts that joined the service in May 2017.

Only Trump and perhaps some collection of his advisors know for certain if this president bought any of his 31 million followers. In order to push back on mainstream media, Trump's war room team may be using the additional bot followers to trick the Twitter algorithm into trending/promoting Trump's messages. I noticed just how much the comment threads of major newspapers were beginning to be dominated by trolls and bots last summer, and futilely tried to bring it to the attention of the news media.


More news


  • Young IAS official tries to rescue lady colleague, drowns in pool

    Young IAS official tries to rescue lady colleague, drowns in pool

    Suspecting foul play, the family has demanded a CBI probe into the incident if Delhi Police fails to get any breakthrough soon. DCP (south) Ishwar Singh told The Indian Express that prima facie, the cause of death appears to be drowning.
    Day 2: Deepika Padukone dazzles at Cannes Film Festival

    Day 2: Deepika Padukone dazzles at Cannes Film Festival

    The festival wraps up on May 28th so we can expect plenty more radiant red carpet style moments until then. She continues to experiment, and she probably will, until she gets it right with thigh-high slit dresses.
    Iran ready for talks 'toward peace' with Arab states

    Iran ready for talks 'toward peace' with Arab states

    By now, it should be clear that the vetting processes and unelected institutions within Iran's government make Iran undemocratic. For now that is unlikely to change, the official says. "They should be picked by the people". "I hope I am wrong".
  • Malaysia Airlines Passenger Cockpit Attempt Disrupts Flight

    Malaysia Airlines Passenger Cockpit Attempt Disrupts Flight

    Police are now speaking with passengers who were onboard the flight as part for their investigation into the incident. Armed law enforcement have boarded Malaysia Airlines flight #MH128 after a security incident at Melbourne Airport.

    Europa League victory lifted Manchester, says Ferguson

    Relief, because it means the club are back in the Champions League - and can keep attracting some of Europe's top names. He also aimed a barb at those managers he described as "poets" who do not win anything.

    United players dedicate Europa League success to victims of Manchester attack

    In each of those games, the team lined up defensively, seemingly happy to leave with a 0-0 draw or to nick a goal on the break. Herrera's compatriot Mata said Monday's shocking events in Manchester gave the win in Stockholm extra significance.
  • Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

    But perhaps the player with the most legacy juice on the line is the newcomer to the already developed Cavs-Warriors rivalry. They got a big scare in late February when Durant had a left knee injury, but he's back and the Warriors have rolled since.
    Incredible Scenes As Tom Rogic Secures Celtic's Treble At The Death

    Incredible Scenes As Tom Rogic Secures Celtic's Treble At The Death

    As for the favourites, Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side sealed the league title with 106 points, failing to lose a game all season. Tom Rogic netted an injury time victor as Aberdeen's hopes of denying Celtic a domestic treble ended in disappointment.
    NIA to track terror funding to J&K separatists

    NIA to track terror funding to J&K separatists

    Khan will continue to remain suspended until "the clarification of all the related issues comes to the fore", Hurriyat spokesperson said.
  • James, Cavs KO Celts, set up rematch vs. Warriors

    James, Cavs KO Celts, set up rematch vs. Warriors

    Had he been given the chance, West said he would have taken the best player available, which is always his strategy. LEBRON JAMES: Now, when you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan , you - it's nearly like a god.
    Germany's trade surplus

    Germany's trade surplus "neither good nor evil" - government spokesman

    But Trump specifically pointed to the amount of German vehicles that were sold in the United States, according to their article. The study has a mandate of 90 days to analyze the issue country country-by-country and product-by-product, the report said.
    Images of Manchester bomb released

    Images of Manchester bomb released

    She also defended him as "a great kid" and said he had no links to the Islamic State group or other militant groups. Many had serious wounds that will require "very long term care and support in terms of their recovery", Rouse said.