An audit has revealed that the primary Twitter feed of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton contains more fake followers — over two-fifths — than those of any other presidential candidate of either party.
Although this may come as a surprising let-down to her supporters, the former secretary of state and her campaign staff are probably well-aware of it.
The recent audit by TwitterAudit, revealed that @HillaryClinton included 1,893,018 fake followers, 41 percent, as compared to 2,756,674 real followers.
According to TwitterAudit:
Each audit takes a random sample of 5000 Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake.
An audit of Clinton’s number one primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., indicates he’s doing much better — only 10 percent are fake.
On the Republican side, most of the candidates are running at 25 to 30 percent fake. The exceptions on the high side are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 36 percent, and the two front-runners — Donald Trump and Ben Carson, at 34 percent.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is running a tad below the norm, at 21 percent.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren was quick to pick up on this, and her tweet brought out the snark:
Clinton has highest percentage of fake followers https://t.co/1oe59OJshs via @DCExaminer
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) November 9, 2015
@greta @dcexaminer @DaisyMae84 – …but which came first, the fake followers or the fake followee? #tcot
— Ryan Rx (@erushurerx) November 10, 2015
@greta @dcexaminer is Bill one of them? Hmmm… (removing snark mask now?)
— meagan lancaster (@justbeingmeagan) November 9, 2015
@greta @BigStick2013 @dcexaminer Careful!! That’s how they win elections with fake voters #Trump2016 the Real Thing
— Paul Adams (@MeticulousPaul) November 9, 2015
Even #Clinton‘s Twitter Followers Are FAKE! Is ANYTHING Genuine? – #HillaryLies #StopHillary https://t.co/q2L3jHQFbP pic.twitter.com/zCRLDvmjwC
— Dr. Lynn J Anderson (@andersonDrLJA) November 9, 2015
. @BlissTabitha 41% of #Hillary followers are fake and 59% are Fascist Totalitarians who know she LIES and don’t care…
— DANEgerus (@DANEgerus) November 10, 2015
@PolitixGal doesn’t surprise me. The Dems really love stuffing anything, voting booths, FB, elections..a few Twitter names with fakefriends.
— Elizabeth (@HartHyde) November 9, 2015
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