Half of Justin Bieber's twitter followers are fake, report claims

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Half of Justin Bieber's twitter followers are fake, report claims

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About half of Justin Bieber's Twitter followers are fake, a report has claimed.

According to the BBC, the website Socialbakers found that out of his 37.3 million followers, only 17.8 million are linked to real accounts. This means that only 47 per cent of his followers on Twitter are actual fans.

The company finds fake Twitter accounts by seeing if an artists' followers have posted genuine tweets, rather than spam. It considers fake accounts to tweet key phrases such as "diet", "make money" and "work from home". The report means that the teen singer should technically fall behind Lady gaga as the most popular person on Twitter Socialbacker's research found that she has 19 million real followers compared to Bieber's 17.8 million.

In other Justin Bieber news, the singer has been criticised again after it was revealed that the administrative process to get his pet monkey out of quarantine could take months. Bieber's monkey, named Mally, is stuck in customs on the German border after he attempted to get the animal into the country without the correct legal documentation. It was reported that customs would look after the monkey for four weeks before placing it into care but it has subsequently transpired that as long as the administrative process is ongoing the pet will be kept in quarantine and kept away from other monkeys.

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