In our era of populism, politicians around the world compete to be the true voice of the people. And what better way to judge their success – on their own terms – than on their Twitter followers. But how many of these followers are actually real? Twitter have released a handy tool to check just this… let’s take a look shall we.
1. Nigel Farage
As of 3 months ago, 42% of Farage’s 1 million followers were fake accounts:
2. Alex Salmond
The majority of ex-SNP leader (and now Russia Today pundit) Alex Salmond’s followers are fake, with only 48% real as of 4 months ago.
3. Nicola Sturgeon
Current SNP leader and FM of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, doesn’t fare too well either, with only 64% of her followers real as of 9 months ago.
4. Marine Le Pen
5. Sebastian Kurz
Far-right Austrian PM Sebastian Kurz breaks an even real/fake split.
6. Vladimir Putin
7. Beppe Grillo
Founder of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star movement can’t muster as much grassroots support as you might think.
8 Narenda Modi
The nationalist prime minister of India has a staggering 41m followers… but well over half of them are fake.
9. Donald Trump
And finally, the leader of the free world himself… although that percentage looks fairly decent, he still has over 12m fake followers.
Talk about fake news…