‘Kendall Jenner bought Twitter followers,’ reads the title of an In Touch magazine ‘exclusive’.
According to the mag, one source said that ‘Kendall and her sisters have bought a good amount of their followers,’ while another source added that since she gets paid $1,000 for every tweet she sends out for advertisers, ‘She knows the more followers she has, the more she’ll get paid to tweet.’
The mag also ran Jenner’s account on StatusPeople.com‘s fake followers check tool, before concluding that about 4.6 million out of the reality star’s 7.99 million followers are either fake or inactive.
Self-professed celebrity gossip ‘police’ site Gossip Cop was quick to debunk the report as ‘bogus’, claiming that their Twitter source told them that the tool In Touch used is unreliable and completely ‘off the mark’ when it comes to measuring fake accounts.
But who is telling the truth among the two?
Well ENTmania! decided to do its own investigation (LOL) and using the renowned Social Bakers fake followers tool, we discovered that a little over half (4.07 million) of Jenner’s followers are fake or inactive. When we used the StatusPeople tool, the number was much higher: 5.1 million.
When we extended the investigation to Kim Kardashian’s Twitter account, Social Bakers indicated that 13.1 million out of her 21.14 million followers (62%) are fake or inactive, while StatusPeople recorded 15.6 million (74%).
To test the credibility of the two tools, we ran our own Twitter account on them and got completely different results.
According to Social Bakers, only 12 (1%) of our modest 1,240 followers are fake with no inactive accounts, while StatusPeople recorded 1,029 (83%) fake followers.
Now you can decide whether Jenner bought her followers or not … but note that one having fake followers does not always mean that he/she bought them. However, if the number of fake accounts exceeds the legit ones like in Kim and Kendall’s case, it is enough to raise suspicions about buying followers.