The vast majority of President Donald Trump’s nearly 55 million Twitter followers are bots, spam, propaganda or simply inactive accounts, far more than many other prominent politicians like Vice President Mike Pence, former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new analysis released by SparkToro on Tuesday.
SparkToro conducted an analysis of all of Trump’s 54,788,369 million followers on Twitter and found that 61 percent (33,420,905) of those accounts are likely not real.
SparkToro’s analysis also revealed that when compared to other prominent American politicians on Twitter, @realdonaldtrump’s is vastly above the median for these types of followers:
Out of Obama’s 103 million followers, 40.9 percent were not real, while 43.8 percent of Clinton’s 23.5 million followers were also found to be bots, spam, propaganda or inactive.
The analysis also showed that 41.5 percent of Pence’s 6.65 million followers were likely fake, as were 41 percent of former Vice President Al Gore’s, 33.7 percent of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s and 50 percent of California Governor Jerry Brown’s.
SparkToro ranked each follower along a range of scores from one to 10. Scores between one and three were labeled as “low quality” and thus more likely to be spam, a bot or propaganda. A score between eight and 10 would be dubbed “high quality,” or a far more active user.
“More than 35% of @realdonaldtrump’s followers are accounts that trigger 10+ different spam/fake follower signals (and thus have the lowest possible quality score, “1”),” the report read. “When compared to the distributions of other accounts, it seems likely that @realdonaldtrump acquired significantly more of these highly unusual and suspicious followers than others. We can speculate about why, but these numbers can make you feel confident in saying that the account likely reaches far less than half of the follower number reported by Twitter (at least, on that platform).”
SparkToro’s findings were significantly higher than a survey conducted by Gallup in June, which found that roughly 15 million (29 percent) of Trump’s followers were fake accounts.
Gallup’s study, however, used a sample of over 2,800 accounts while SparkToro analyzed all 54 million accounts that follow the president on Twitter.