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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Justin Bieber's "fake Twitter followers"

One the eve of Justin Bieber's first ever tour to South Africa, it's now being alleged that half of his Twitter followers are fake! The singer was crowned the most-followed person on Twitter earlier this year, but new data shows that a majority of his followers aren't real accounts. Around 45% of his followers have been classed fake, meaning they are following less than 50 accounts, have less than one follower and have never tweeted themselves. The data also considers fake accounts to incessantly tweet buzz phrases such as "diet", "make money" and "work from home", reports Socialbakers. It means Bieber's real following is around 17.8 million, compared to his displayed total of 37 million. The data put Lady GaGa as the true most-followed person on Twitter, with 19m of her 35.9m followers deemed "real". Katy Perry, Rihanna, Barack Obama and Britney Spears are among the accounts who have more real people following them, than fake accounts.

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