Fake Twitter Followers: The Newest Campaign Scandal?

August 17, 2012 12:00 AM
Fake Twitter Followers: The Newest Campaign Scandal?
" PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Forget ballot box irregularities. There’s a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.

It may seem trivial, but not to social networking junkies or campaigns mindful of the need to project a digital image of popularity and power.

An analysis by the technology firm Barracuda Labs found most of the Twitter users who followed Romney over that July weekend were probably fake, although it’s impossible to know who’s behind the spike: Romney’s campaign, a supporter or an opponent. Romney went from 673,000 to 814,000 followers during that time, though that number has since risen to more than 861,000. President Barack Obama has more than 18 million followers.

Zac Moffatt, digital director for Romney’s campaign, said the campaign did not purchase the followers and the number is not something they care about.

“If winning were about having the most Twitter followers, Obama would get blown up by Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber,” Moffatt said. “It’s whether people are retweeting or sharing "

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