A few hours ago, Twitter announced a series of measures to eliminate bots, spam and the false viralization of tweets or hashtags. In this way, they seek to prevent the same content from being published simultaneously in several accounts or to carry out the same interactions.

The bots / false followers and spam have always been one of the main problems of Twitter. Precisely, as a result of these measures, Gizmodo published that several profiles related to the American extreme right suddenly lost thousands of followers.

There are many platforms to buy fake followers , something that can be used to boast of fictitious notoriety or even to discredit other users. If Twitter decided to end this problem in the bud, many accounts could lose thousands of followers at a stroke.

Under this premise, we will analyze the 10 profiles with the most followers of Twitter, checking what percentage of their followers are real and how that figure would be if the false accounts were eliminated.

The 10 accounts with the most followers on Twitter

We have used Twitter Audit to perform this experiment, since it is a tool that allows us to know how many false and real followers have a Twitter profile . To know it, simply put the user’s name and click on “audit”.

In the Top 10 there are six singers.

According to SocialBlade , the 10 accounts with the most Twitter followers are those of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, YouTube, Cristiano Ronaldo and Justin Timberlake.

Katie Perry

39% of the followers of Katy Perry would be false accounts , in total more than 42 million profiles. The number of followers would fall from the current 109 million to 66.5 million.

Justin Bieber

The percentage of real followers of Justin Bieber is somewhat higher, reaching 68%. Of its 105 million current followers , the Canadian singer would be left with about 72 million.

Barack Obama

The former US president seems to have a pretty healthy Twitter account, since 86% of his followers would be real. Of the current 100 million , your account would fall to 86.3 million.


Rihanna’s account shows the opposite, since only 34% of her followers would be real . If she now has more than 86 million followers, the singer would not reach 30 million.

Taylor Swift

With Taylor Swift we return to the green figures. 80% of his followers would be real, and of the 85.6 million current followers “only” would fall to 69 million.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is another celebrity who has more false followers than true followers on Twitter . Only 43% would be real, and from the current 77.1 million it would remain at 33 million.

Ellen Degeneres

The American presenter and comedian currently has 76.9 million followers on Twitter. 66% would be real, and would lose 25.5 million.


The only account of a company on this list . 71% of its followers would correspond to real accounts, and from the current 71 million would go down to 50 million followers.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid player does not have very good results in terms of the veracity of his followers on Twitter. More than half would be false, and from the current 69.6 million it would go down to 32 million.

Justin Timberlake

We closed the list with Justin Timberlake, one of the accounts with more false followers of this top 10. Only 39% would be real , and from the current 65.3 million would fall to 24.2 million.

Which accounts have the lowest percentage of real followers

Analyzing this data, we can know which relevant accounts have the highest percentage of false followers . Rihanna undoubtedly leads this list, followed closely by Justin Timberlake. On the other hand, Barack Obama and Taylor Swift are the best unemployed:

  1. Rihanna : 34%
  2. Justin Timberlake : 39%
  3. Lady Gaga : 43%
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo : 47%
  5. Katy Perry : 61%
  6. Ellen DeGeneres : 66%
  7. Justin Bieber : 68%
  8. YouTube : 71%
  9. Taylor Swift : 80%
  10. Barack Obama : 86%