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Half of Trump Twitter Followers are Fakes or Bots.

Trump has “yuge” following on Twitter, and perhaps the most outspoken government official ever in the history of the United States. Adding that he’s also the President of the United States, his following is sincerely important to everyone. Millions of fans, detractors and just people interested in him use his twitter to listen to his communications. However, there’s a small issue: about half of his followers aren’t even real.

In fact, Trump has a huge bot army that starts with a guy under the name MicroChip: he’s known as the Trumpbot overlord, and using what some people believe to be tens of thousands of fake accounts he can get the alt-right tweeting as fast as possible. Some of his followers are real, but many of them seem to be linked bots.

According to the New York Times, these bots are often used to overwhelm the truth and killed pro-clinton messages: “An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published Thursday by researchers at Oxford University. ”

“The chatbots — basic software programs with a bit of artificial intelligence and rudimentary communication skills — would send messages on Twitter based on a topic, usually defined on the social network by a word preceded by a hashtag symbol, like #Clinton.”

Many of the bots are linked to Russian hacker groups: former FBI agent Clint Watts testified to the Senate Intelligence committee and described how Russians used armies of Twitter bots to spread fake news using accounts that seem to be Midwestern swing-voter Republicans.

“So that way whenever you’re trying to socially engineer them and convince them that the information is true, it’s much more simple because you see somebody and they look exactly like you, even down to the pictures,” Watts told the panel, which is investigating Russia’s role in interfering in the U.S. elections.

“If you went online today, you could see these accounts — either bots or actual personas somewhere — that are trying to connect with the administration. They might broadcast stories and then follow up with another tweet that tries to gain the president’s attention, or they’ll try and answer the tweets that the president puts out,” Watts says.

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  1. Please keep at least one news outlet free of politics!!!!!
    I think political issues get more than their fill of publicity these days.

  2. Anyone who has even the most rudimentary understanding of social media and the ways that it can be manipulated by hackers and “Cheat ” companies, who blatantly offer to rig numbers for money, for example Cheateo: https://www.cheateo.com/

    and I am willing to bet that there are many, many more.

    The fact that these fakers often advertise boldly online, says a lot about their arrogance.

    The fierceness of these elements indicates that America is well in the thick of a “Cyberwarfare ” campaign.

    It really makes me question everything that I read, including the numbers that are offered by prospective affiliate marketers.

    I will bet that shocking numbers of fake bots, paid-to-post humans, and even more disturbing: “Cyber Terrorists ” are all doing their thing to attack the American Public in anyway they can…

  3. There really needs to be a serious audit of ALL our social media.

    I am very sure that the effects of these fakers has been felt by everyone who is exposed to social media on a regular basis.

    I spot them daily and have many tips to help others find them, report them and remove them.

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