Fake Twitter Accounts May be Driving Up Mitt Romney's Follower NumberSubmitted by telepathic on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 09:08
Digital investigators say they can't tell who is behind thousands of new followers, only that the accounts likely are not real people
Most of Mitt Romney's newest Twitter followers are fake, according to an investigation of bogus social media accounts.
A pay-for-follower service most likely drove the presumptive Republican nominee's recent and dramatic spike in online followers, concluded Baccardua Labs, a digital security company.
The widely reported surge in tens of thousands of new followers for @mittromney from 21 July – which provoked commentary and suspicion – appeared to have been purchased from a dealer, it said: "We believe most of these recent followers of Romney are not from a general Twitter population but most likely from a paid Twitter follower service."