53% of Bieber's Twitter Followers Are Fake

So is Lady Gaga the real queen of Twitter?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 1:39 PM CDT
53% of Bieber's Twitter Followers Are Fake
In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber performs at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Justin Bieber is the most-followed person on Twitter, but don't be too impressed: Just 47% of his followers are real people, the BBC reports. Socialbakers, a service that identifies fake Twitter accounts, finds that 17.8 million of Bieber's 37.3 million followers are legit. The company spots real users by looking for genuine tweets vs. spam or repetitive buzzwords like "make money" and "work from home." If its report is correct, Lady Gaga has more followers than Bieber: 19 million of hers are real. (Read more Lady Gaga stories.)

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