Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 MILLION online fans who don’t really exist

Engineering Evil

By  David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 15:58 EST, 24  September 2013 |  UPDATED: 20:57 EST, 24 September 2013

 
Fakest of the fake? Barack Obama's Twitter following includes 19.5 million people who don't exist, and the first lady has 1.9 million nonexistent fans of her ownFakest of the fake? Barack Obama’s Twitter following  includes 19.5 million people who don’t exist, and the first lady has 1.9 million  nonexistent fans of her own

Among influential U.S. political tweeters,  President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers. A  MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive  total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians: More  than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don’t  correspond to real people.

The four phoniest accounts in the sample,  which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were  those belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady  Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop.

Of the president’s 36.9 million Twitter  followers, an astonishing…

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