Jun 01 2017
Author John Niven pointed out Tuesday morning that Trump's Twitter account saw a weird spike in followers over the weekend - most of which were picture-less accounts that joined the site in May 2017 and have yet to post a single tweet. In order to push back on mainstream media, Trump's war room team may be using the additional bot followers to trick the Twitter algorithm into trending/promoting Trump's messages.
Watch Maxine Waters go off on constituent: Impeach me?
In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this year, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Clint Watts described how Russian agents used Twitter bot armies to spread fake news during the election, including using accounts that appeared to belong to Republican voters from the Midwest.
The White House didn't immediately respond to a query about the surge in followers to Trump's Twitter account.
Of the president's 36.9 million Twitter followers, an astonishing 53 per cent - or 19.5 million - are fake accounts, according to a search engine at the Internet research vendor StatusPeople.com.
That's a big dip in the percentage of real people following the president.
European allies see the two sides of Trump at G7
Whether or not Trump will sign on to a new Twitter strategy remains to be seen-but it does seem like an unlikely shift to many. Still, there was irritation at Trump's refusal to show his hand on the Paris agreement to curb carbon emissions.
Manchester bomber had 'desire for revenge' after friend was murdered by Britishers
The British investigation is now reportedly focusing on who helped Abedi, and on whether the bomb-maker is still at large. There were also raids and arrests on Wednesday in Manchester , Wigan and Nuneaton in Warwickshire.
Most world stocks rise after Fed minutes; oil rally fades
The Nikkei 225 stock index in Tokyo climbed 0.4 percent to 19,821.44 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng jumped 0.7 percent to 25,598.44. The Australian dollar eased 0.1 per cent to $0.7447, staying on the defensive after shedding 0.7 per cent on Thursday.
Billboard reported similar results for Lady Gaga. "The simplest way to tell who's winning the Twitter game is by counting followers", he wrote.
Trump's twitter following is now up to 31 million. Maybe you run a business that sells inflated follower counts, so you create a bunch of bots and direct them to follow your paying customers. But it tempered this figure with a listing of other celebrities and their own fake followers. Data generated by TwitterAudit shows as of 1 May 2017, 63 percent of Trump's followers were authentic. That millions of fake accounts would glom onto the most controversial person on the planet, and subsequently on the social network, right now is hardly surprising.
In case you're wondering, 79 percent of Obama's followers are real.
Also, there's no way to know whether Trump has paid for these allegedly fake followers or whether someone else created them and had them follow our Commander in Chief.
I have a feeling that Jacqueline Williams, the NYT's reporter in Sydney, has been trying to get the attention of her editors for a while now.
Australia's remarkable - and unbalanced - property boom appears to be the driver behind the bids.
May 31 2017
British Airways operating full flight schedule
Passengers were being told "do not come to the airports" it was reported that the outage created delays in Rome, Prague, Milan, Stockholm and Malaga.
May 31 2017
Delhi: IAS officer drowns to death while saving woman's life
Suspecting foul play, the family has demanded a CBI probe into the incident if Delhi Police fails to get any breakthrough soon. Ashish Dahiya , a young IAS officer of J&K cadre lost his life while trying to save a woman officer from drowning in Delhi.
May 30 2017
Trump Reportedly Told Close Associates U.S. Will Leave Paris Climate Agreement
And the president's stance against climate change as a science and as an worldwide issue is disturbing, to say the least. He has also expressed doubt about the causes of climate change , saying it is a "hoax" made up by China.
May 30 2017
USA beats Kiwis on opening day of America's Cup qualifiers
However, a nosedive by the French team in the penultimate leg lead to a nervy conclusion as both teams raced for the finish line. Kiwi helmsman Peter Burling thought the penalty ruling was the correct one, in comments made before Slater's admission.
May 29 2017
Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery
Since Lebron's return home, Irving has adjusted his role to be a better teammate, a better 3-point shooter, and a better passer. CelticsBlog asked Stevens about how he felt achieving all they accomplished this season, despite falling short of the title.
May 29 2017
Does US believe Western Wall is in Israel?
Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. "I think the president's being very measured in how he goes about this". Based on Trump's campaign promises, that deadline to act on the embassy issue should have been irrelevant.
May 27 2017
1 killed, dozens injured in caste violence in northern India
Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. He asked people to avoid inflammatory speeches and urged them to help in maintaining peace and order.
May 26 2017
With Senate done, House ready to debate budget ideas
But many trans people and the parents of trans children said the proposed law unfairly targets a vulnerable population. The House narrowly approved its measure with only Republican votes on May 4 after several embarrassing setbacks.
May 26 2017
NFL cuts OT from 15 minutes to 10, citing player safety
If overtime had ended after 10 minutes, there would have been 16 total ties, for an average of 3.2 times over a 512-game season. Tampa originally finished as runner-up in the bidding for 2020 - one reason why owners backed the move unanimously.
May 26 2017
Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military
The report could give talking points to House Republicans for their bill, or to Democrats who voted unanimously against it. Jordan Weissmann, Slate's senior business and economics correspondent, argued that Trump's budget is "frightening".
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