Most of popular Australian politicians' twitter followers 'fake'

Sydney, Apr.28 (ANI): Twitter followers of Australia's famous politicians suggest that they are high in terms of popularity, but it has emerged that these figures are targeted and inflated by 'spam bots', a test conducted on the social media analysis platforms has revealed.

According to The Age, the actual Twitter followers of Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and other popular politicians do not even account for 40 percent in a total of 50,000. Calculated by social media analysis tool, StatusPeople, the test results follow examination of random samples for each account's most recent 50,000 followers.

The test results suggest that the politicians do not have the reach and influence as is shown by their twitter accounts as the follower figures of Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull total up to two-thirds of the total followers for federal politicians on Twitter and come up to be the highest proportion of recent fake followers.

The spam bot accounts that follow prominent Twitter users to reach even more users and promote products contribute greatly to the number of fake accounts.

Rudd's Twitter presence though is much more than the number of twitter followers of all the federal politicians combined, the analysis has proved that 39 percent of his recent followers are fake.

Abbott remains to be having the highest proportion of fake recent followers of the 153 public Twitter accounts belonging to federal politicians, where 41 percent of 50,000 followers were found not to be real people. Gillard and Turnbull closely follow Abbott at 40 percent fake followers.

The analysis showed that an average of 12 percent of politicians' followers are fake, 25 percent are inactive and 63 percent active.

While spam bots give an inflated impression of the twitter-using politicians, online government and social media advocate Craig Thomler confidently said that Australian politicians are not engaging in such practices. (ANI)


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