New software that can expose fake social media accounts

By: Debbie Gross 

If you are sick and tired of all they fake social media accounts, relief is on the way.

A British company has developed software that could expose fake Twitter accounts and fraudulent followers being used by politicians and celebrities to boost their profiles on the popular micro blogging platform.

Self promoters can buy followers on the Internet through dozens of websites.

A site called Fiverr is offering 1,000 followers on Twitter for five dollars, while other sites including, and, are selling Twitter followers by the thousands.

Now, StatusPeople, a company of social media management in London, has developed a tool to expose the fake fans that are claimed by celebrities and aspiring politicians.

StatusPeople launched the Internet program called the "Follower fake check" that can calculate how many Twitter followers are fake.

According StatusPeople, 70 percent of the nearly 19 million followers of U.S. President Barack Obama are "false" or "inactive", along with 71 percent of Lady Gaga’s nearly 29 million followers.

Only 37 percent of the two million British Prime Minister David Cameron followers are "real", and 30 percent of the five million followers of Wayne Rooney, are real.

Almost all Twitter accounts have a small percentage of the followers that are false because anyone can follow a user, either a true friend or a computer-generated account. According to the company, the tool analyzes an account’s most recent 100,000 followers.