Friday we witnessed history, according to Twitter.
Katy Perry, whose new album is titled “Witness,” is the first person to reach 100 million followers on Twitter.
In honor of this major milestone, Katy Perry got a special emoji for the hashtag #LoveKaty and a minute-long celebratory video.
But the big issue: Katy Perry doesn’t REALLY have 100 million followers because Katy Perry’s account is plagued by a common problem on Twitter — bots.
There are many third-party platforms for analyzing the authenticity of Twitter followers out there. Digital Spy used the service TwitterAudit and found that of her 99.3 million followers at the time, only 32 percent were real. That means nearly 67 million of her followers were fake.
Twitter did not respond to our request for comment on why they celebrate an account reaching a milestone when most of the followers are fake accounts.
But we can tell you that in the past Twitter has been extremely sensitive over the bots issue. President Donald Trump’s account is also riddled with bots, for example.
A question during Twitter’s quarterly earnings call in April was centered on bots. CEO Jack Dorsey cited a statistic, first released in 2014, that only 5 percent of Twitter accounts are spam related, and added that they have the means to shut these down.
So how about first a look at Katy’s account, Jack?