ICMP List Exposes Celebrities with the Most Fake Followers

ICMP List Exposes Celebrities with the Most Fake Followers

There’s a new report out calling out the most fake followers on Instagram celebrity accounts. Does this lessen their credibility?

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In an age of social media compromised of followers, likes, comments, etc., the numbers for those categories carry a certain weight from person to person, with some not caring at all to some making it their living to get more and more.

For some celebrities, social media followers and likes could represent status or how much their brand is worth. In turn, this could ultimately lead to more lucrative benefits since the more followers they have means the wider audience they have a capability of reaching, or does it?

In recent news, the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance centered in London analyzed and released a report of listing 98 celebrities with the most fake followers on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. According to the list, there is quite a few notable celebrities that have a significant percentage of bots make up their total follower count.

Surprisingly, the celebrity with the most fake followers, ignoring athletes, turned out to be talk show host, producer, and comedian Ellen DeGeneres with a majority of her followers on Instagram, 58%, being bots bringing her total percentage of fake followers up to 49% across Twitter and Instagram.  With about 150 million followers across both platforms, that means that an eye-opening 75 million of those are actually bots instead of real fans.

According to the ICMP, the top five celebs with the highest percentage of fake followers on Instagram, in order, are Ellen, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Kourtney Kardashian, and K-pop band BTS. On Twitter, only one of those remain with BTS at the top followed by Ariana Grande, Priyanka Chopra, Mackenzie Foy, and Kylie Jenner taking the fifth spot.

So, is this evidence of foul play from celebrities? According to the New York Post, some have accused celebrities of hiring external services to boost their number of followers with the use of bots, while celebs insist that they had no idea or intention of those bots being there.

The first began to become a widely criticized issue when Twitter decided to purge bots on their platform in order to get rid of the ones spewing hate speech and political misinformation. Some people took notice in a drop in their followers including the President Trump who directed his grievances over this to Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, who pointed towards the bot purge as a cause.

So, there’s plenty of notable celebrities with their share of bots compromising a part of their followers and with a crackdown on bots across platforms, we will have to wait and see what happens next.


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There’s a new report out calling out the most fake followers on Instagram celebrity accounts. Does this lessen their credibility?

Totals
71% Y – Totally does
29% N – Nah, just social media
Males
69% Y – Totally does
31% N – Nah, just social media
Females
79% Y –Totally does
21% N – Nah, just social media

Y – Totally does

N – Nah, just social media


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