Newt Gingrich’s fake followers

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To demonstrate grassroots support for his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich recently bragged to the Marietta Daily Journal that he has “six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined.”

However, a former Gingrich staffer tells Gawker (via The Political Wire) that his campaign hired a firm to boost his Twitter follower count, in part by creating fake accounts: “About 80% of those accounts are inactive or are dummy accounts created by various ‘follow agencies,’ another 10% are real people who are part of a network of folks who follow others back and are paying for followers themselves… and the remaining 10% may, in fact, be real, sentient people who happen to like Newt Gingrich.”

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