Almost half of President Joe Biden's 22.2 million followers on Twitter are fake, according to a recent audit, and Elon Musk — who has put his deal to purchase Twitter on hold over the number of spam accounts on the platform — isn't surprised.
Newsweek reported Tuesday that a SparkToro audit tool found that 49.3% of followers on Biden's official @POTUS account are “fake followers based on analysis of a number of factors, including location issues, default profile images and new users."
The number of spam and fake accounts on Twitter prompted Musk to put his deal to purchase Twitter on hold last week. The billionaire Tesla CEO discussed the future of Twitter with Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, and David Friedberg on an episode of the "All-In" podcast.
Musk also got into a debate with Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal on Monday over the alleged number of spam accounts on the platform, with Agrawal insisting that bots compose only about 5% of active accounts.
Musk reacted to Newsweek's claim that half of the president's Twitter followers are fake by tweeting: "So … [checks calculator] … that would be like 10 times more than 5%".
On BlazeTV's "News and Why it Matters," host Sara Gonzales was joined by Sydney Watson and Alex Stein to talk about why Musk's Twitter buyout has been put on hold and whether he still intends to proceed with the takeover.
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