President Barack Obama has about 19 million people following him on Twitter. But reports suggest that as many as 70 percent of them may not even exist.
In a time when legitimacy is established by the number of one’s Twitter followers, it has become commonplace to purchase followers, reports The New York Times.
“And it’s not just ego-driven blogger types,” wrote Austin Considine. “Celebrities, politicians, start-ups, aspiring rock stars, reality show hopefuls — anyone who might benefit from having a larger social media footprint — are known to have bought large blocks of Twitter followers.”
At buytwitterfollow.com, you can purchase Twitter followers by the thousands. In many cases, the accounts are inactive or created by spammers.
The practice has become so common that it is now easy to determine how many fake followers a person has.
Mitt Romney has also been accused of having fake followers. In July, 100,000 new people began following Romney over the course of one weekend.
Both campaigns have denied buying fake followers.