Katy Perry first to have 100m Twitter followers

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 17 Jun 2017, 18:45:22 | Updated : 17 Jun 2017, 18:51:33
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Katy Perry first to have 100m Twitter followers

Katy Perry first to have 100m Twitter followers
The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter, reports BBC.

The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying "Today, we #WITNESS history".

Witness is the name of Perry's new album.

The Canadian singer Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7 million with Barack Obama in third place with almost 91 million.

The rest of the top 100 accounts are mostly made up of singers, sports stars, media companies and a few politicians, according to the website Twitter Counter.

US president Donald Trump is the most-followed current leader, in 33rd place with 32.4 million followers. Two places behind him - after the boy band One Direction - is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 30.7 million followers.

However it is not clear how many of these accounts' followers are real people and how many may be fake accounts.

Searches using the tool Twitter Audit - which analyses a sample of followers and calculates a score based on factors including the number of tweets they have sent - suggested that about two-thirds of both Perry's and Bieber's followers may not be real.

For Obama and Trump the figure dropped to about a third.

In January researchers in the UK discovered massive collections of dormant fake Twitter accounts.

Some had been used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics, the researchers found.

Twitter says users are banned from writing programmes that automatically followed or un-followed accounts or which "favourited" tweets in bulk.

 
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