Bust: Cory Booker’s 790,000+ fake Twitter followers

By Yaël Ossowski | Special to Watchdog.org

LYNSIE LEE: Cory Booker’s DM Twitter friend.

After Twitter-savvy Newark Mayor Cory Booker‘s TMZ moment with a Portland stripper, the campaign for New Jersey’s special U.S. Senate election has focused in on the micro-blogging service.

While Booker’s Twitter influence can’t be denied, it turns out it can be somewhat overblown.

Out of Booker’s 1.4 million followers on the social media sharing website, over 795,000 are either fake or inactive, meaning they’re stagnant accounts with no tweets or activities, according to social media tracker StatusPeople.com.

StatusPeople.com

A StatusPeople analysis reveals Cory Booker’s Twitter followers aren’t so real as they seem.

Many online companies, such as BuyFollowers.net, offer to sell Twitter followers and Facebook fans controlled by computer and spam “bots,” boosting accounts by thousands of followers at a time.

LONEGRAN: Has his share of fake Twitter followers, too.

similar analysis by the Daily Mail revealed President Barack Obama‘s Twitter account had nearly 20 million fake Twitter followers, almost 80 percent of his entire account.

Steven Lonegran, Booker’s Republican opponent who islegally blind, doesn’t fare so well himself. With only 4,000 followers, 22 percent of them are either fake or inactive.

So while politicians may push their credentials on Twitter and social media as a method of reaching out to constituents, chances are bots and spam accounts will be included in that mix.

The New Jersey special election for U.S. Senate will be held Oct. 16.

Contact Yaël Ossowski at yael@watchdog.org and follow him @YaelOss.

This article originally appeared on Watchdog.org

Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer activist and writer. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Website https://yael.ca
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