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Twitter Audit Reveals CNN Has 17 MILLION Fake Twitter Followers

According to, a recent audit of CNN’s Twitter account shows it has 17 MILLION fake followers!

Yes, is a real auditing service that uses various metrics to determine how many followers connected to an account are Internet bots or fake advertising spam accounts.  The company behind it recently took a close look at CNN’s Twitter feed, and while its results aren’t foolproof, it does give a fairly certain determination on how many fake bots are following any given Twitter account.

Per Lucas Nolan of Breitbart News:

“According to, nearly fifty percent of the followers on CNN’s verified Twitter account are fake.

Of CNN’s millions of followers on their verified Twitter account, over 17 million or 48 percent are fake, according to TwitterAudit.”

According to the auditing service, fake users are determined by taking “a sample of up to 5000 (or more, if you subscribe to Pro) 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. Of course, this scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means.”

In a true act of sportsmanship, Breitbart decided to run its own Twitter feed through the auditing service to see how many fake Twitter accounts were following them, and the results were quite the contrast.

Its followers are a staggering 96 percent real people!

Hmmm.  So…real news and real people in one hand, fake news and fake followers in the other?  Why am I not surprised?

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