SHOCKING: BTS, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande have most fake followers across social media

By Bryan Durham - August 12, 2019

While allegations of ‘bought likes and followers’ routinely hit the artists you love to loathe when their latest song drops, it’s worth noting that the ones with the actual highest number of fake followers on social media, won’t include these names.

And while there’s no foolproof way of telling who has fake followers on YouTube (yet!), it’s now known who has the most followers across social media.

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London recently put up a Top 100 fake followers list. The list includes celebrities from the world of sports and showbiz (musicians, actors and TV personalities).

And surprise, surprise… while Badshah isn’t on this list, BTS is. The K-Pop phenomenon, despite having actual fans who go up in arms (verbally!) when their idols are attacked, have probably gone PAAGAL (see what we did there?) by now reading that around 48 percent of ARMY is filled with fake followers.

SHOCKING: BTS, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande have most fake followers across social media
BTS and Taylor Swift

BTS ranks #6 overall on the list and is one of only two musicians in the Top 10 (Taylor Swift being the other big name), making them the music act with the highest number of fake followers, followed by Swift, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Marshmello, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and Shakira in the top 50.

The ICMP took various ‘most successful’ and ‘most followed’ lists to build their list of celebrities across acting, sport, music, and TV personalities. They then filtered this by the number of followers to give ourself a top 100 most followed list. They then ran their Instagram and Twitter handles through IG Audit and Sparktoro’s fake Twitter follower’s tool to measure what percentage of their following was actually real.

Surprisingly, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are the only two Indian entertainers on the list with a total percentage of fake followers pegged at 45% and 43% respectively. Virat Kohli is the only Indian sportsperson on the list, with 44% total fake followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

See the whole list HERE.

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