Twitter culls fake followers, Democrats hardest hit | 7/14/2018 | Staff
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Twitter announced it would be culling the platform's fake followers. It makes good business sense to do this, because fake followers distort the influence ratings for advertisers, making accounts full of fakes a money-losing proposition for advertisers (who are Twitter's real, paying customers). If someone has fake followers, they look more influential than they really are.

Well, guess what: There is an extraordinarily high number of Democrats, the kind who draw lots of media hype, with puffed up 'it' status, loaded with fake followers. I went and checked with this site called TwitterAudit here. Some of these accounts, as both Twitter and this tech site Scrunch note, actually buy these fake followers to make their Twitter personas (or personae) look more important. By contrast, few Republicans show any such signs of this kind of manipulation.

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What does this say about these Democrats' real influence? Or for that matter, their ethics? Well, take a look at some of the prominent ones.

Let's start with one of my favorites, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic Party 'it' girl if there ever was one, and one with a long record of fakery on other matters, such as falsifying confessions for prosecutors, or this recent incident here. Here's what TwitterAudit finds about her account:

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Forty percent of her followers are fake, forty percent. Now, it's entirely possible that bots glom onto accounts without permission. American Thinker, for example, has 2% fake followers. My own personal account has 4% fake followers. New York Times reporter Ali Watkins has 5%. These are piddly numbers. As I wrote here, discussing the shadowbanning of Ted Cruz, Ted had 17% fake followers, still a pretty low count, and of course, the New York Times notes that President Trump has a small percentage. But Harris, by contrast, has way, way more fake followers, 55% at...
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