Does Donald Trump Really Have 10 Million Twitter Followers?

Donald Trump likes to brag about how many followers he has on social media. But a good number of these followers are fakes: bots, spam accounts, and more. In fact, anyone on Twitter who has a lot of followers has a considerable number of fakes.

There are websites where you can check accounts to find how many fake followers there are. I tried one, Twitter Audit, and it shows the following:

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Only 59% of Trump’s followers are real people, and it’s possible that a large percentage of those don’t even check Twitter very often. It’s important to keep this in mind, that these social media numbers are always inflated. (I checked my account, and about 9% of my followers are fake.)

So don’t despair too much; there aren’t really 22 million people following Donald Trump on social media, as he recently trumpeted. (See what I did there?) He conflates all his followers, assuming that none of them follow him on more than one service (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), and so many of the accounts are bogus that the number is far lower than he claims. Which isn’t a surprise, right?

10 thoughts on “Does Donald Trump Really Have 10 Million Twitter Followers?

    • There are lots of sites like these. They analyze accounts and they all look for the same things: certain types of behavior, people who follow them, etc. None of these sites is 100% accurate, but I think most of them give a good ballpark figure.

    • There are lots of sites like these. They analyze accounts and they all look for the same things: certain types of behavior, people who follow them, etc. None of these sites is 100% accurate, but I think most of them give a good ballpark figure.

  1. Of course, you don’t really need to follow him on twitter to be aware of his tweets. The news media reports all of his most “interesting” tweets. By that measure, he probably has over a 100 million “followers.” Most of these “followers” wish they could “unfollow” Trump, but can’t!

  2. Of course, you don’t really need to follow him on twitter to be aware of his tweets. The news media reports all of his most “interesting” tweets. By that measure, he probably has over a 100 million “followers.” Most of these “followers” wish they could “unfollow” Trump, but can’t!

  3. I don’t use Twitter — never have! But please, here in the States, I can’t look at any news site without seeing, hearing and trying to avoid Trump. Please, oh please, let this be the last Trump topic in Kirkville. In fact, ban him from the city limits of Kirkville!

  4. I don’t use Twitter — never have! But please, here in the States, I can’t look at any news site without seeing, hearing and trying to avoid Trump. Please, oh please, let this be the last Trump topic in Kirkville. In fact, ban him from the city limits of Kirkville!

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