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Reports claiming top Indian leaders have fake followers deeply flawed: Twitter

IANS  |  New Delhi 

After reports surfaced that some of the top Indian politicians including and Rahul Gandhi's accounts are infested with fake followers, the micro-blogging platform on Wednesday termed such reports as baseless.

A recent "Audit" report claimed that Modi, Gandhi, and others lead the list of leaders with fake followers globally.

According to a statement given to IANS, said the "Twitter Audit" is not the company's product.

"The methodology used by 'Twitter Audit' is deeply flawed and their incorrect information should not be taken seriously," a Twitter told IANS.

The are completely incorrect and do not have any source or authentic veracity of the information, the company said.

Twitter Audit is an not affiliated to the micro-blogging website.

It takes a sample of 5,000 Twitter followers and assesses them on the number of tweets, followers, mutual followers and other parameters.

According to its website, "the scoring method is not perfect but it is a good way to tell if someone with lots of followers is likely to have increased their follower count by inorganic, fraudulent, or dishonest means".

According to Twitter Audit, Rahul has the highest percentage of fake Twitter followers at 67 per cent, followed by Shah, and

In Modi's case, Twitter Audit claimed 61 per cent of his followers are fake. has 41 million followers.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 22:28 IST