Despite changes introduced by Twitter management since Elon Musk’s takeover, the issue around fake followers remains a persistent problem. As many as 10% of the followers of accounts belonging to crypto influencers and companies are fake, new data from dappGambl has revealed.
In April 2023, Musk introduced Twitter Blue — an $8 monthly subscription for verification — to increase the platform’s revenue while making it financially inviable for bots and fake accounts to operate. However, months later, dappGambl’s investigation found that up to 10% of followers from the most followed crypto accounts are fake.
When it comes to the official accounts of cryptocurrency tokens and ecosystems, Shiba Inu (SHIB) had the highest number of fake followers at 10.26% or 80,000 accounts, while Avalanche (AVAX) ranked second with 8.14% fake followers, followed by Polygon (MATIC) with 7.58% or 73,000 fake accounts.
DappGambl suspected that the relationship between Twitter accounts and their fake followers is dependent on the popularity of the tokens. By analyzing the social sentiment behind crypto accounts, dappGambl found that:
“Dai (DAI) is the most loved (popular) coin on Twitter whilst XRP (XRP) is the most hated (unpopular).”
When it comes to crypto influencers and entrepreneurs, Samson Mow boasts the highest percentage of fake followers among his total following. Mow is currently being followed by 26,000 fake accounts representing 10% of his total Twitter following.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has 560,000 (8.62%) fake followers, with El Salvador President Nayib Bukele and Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin having nearly 6.5% of fake followers among their total count.
Based on the total number of followers, over 6.7 million fake accounts currently follow Musk as he tries to eradicate the problem. Some methods to identify fake accounts include checking when the account was created, investigating the profile picture, account bio and tweets sent out by the account, and checking the account’s followers and who it is following.
A popular Twitter bot named Explain This Bob was recently suspended after Musk called it a scam.
This sure looks like a scam crypto account. If so, it will be suspended.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 18, 2023
As Cointelegraph reported, the bot was created by Prabhu Biswal from India, which used OpenAI’s GPT-4 model to comprehend and respond to tweets by those who tagged the account.