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Celebs Who Were Caught with Fake Followers on Social Media

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Like the big social media purges of the past, the 2018 Twitter Purge revealed that there are still numerous celebrities, politicians, and influencers who had fake followers. Nearly 7.5 million accounts were deleted in the elimination of fake and locked accounts.

The Great Instagram Purge of 2014 revealed that there are a LOT of 'grammers with fake followers, among them some of your favorite celebs. A similar thing happened to Twitter in 2012, when a study showed that an overwhelming amount of celebrities had fake twitter followers. Who knew so many stars were shelling out for a bigger "audience?"

Some celebrities who have fake Twitter and Instagram followers are completely unexpected, too. Sure, it's easy to believe that Kim Kardashian paid for a few million extra followers, but Oprah?! Even POTUS himself, Barack Obama, isn't 100% clean. Say it isn't so! Here are the biggest celebrities who have fake social media followers. Who surprises you the most? 

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    Rihanna, or @badgalriri as she's known on Instagram, has had her ups and downs with the social media giant. Her risqué pictures even led to a deleted account at one point, but now she's back on Insta and has nearly 40 million followers. It's doubtful that all those followers are real, though—when Instagram deleted is fake user accounts back in 2014, Riri lost a whopping 1.2 million followers. Ouch.

    In the Twitter Purge of 2018, Rihanna lost roughly 2.5 million followers, or 2.5% of her entire following. Her account sat at 86.76 million followers post-purge.

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    When Statuspeople.com audited Katy Perry's Instagram followers in 2013, they found that a giant 46% of them were actually fake accounts—and another 40% were totally inactive. Mega-embarrassing. Katy didn't learn her lesson though; just a year later she was outed for having nearly 300,000 fake Insta followers too. 

    In 2018, her Twitter following shrank by 2.8 million followers in a fake-user purge. 

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    The Portuguese soccer superstar suffered a hefty follower loss after the Twitter purge in July 2018. Ronaldo's follower count went from 74.6 million to 73.39 million over the course of 24 hours.

    Perhaps some of his followers were even more fake than the over-the-top injuries players milk to illicit yellow cards.

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    In the Twitter purge of 2018, the dancing talk show host lost a whopping 2 million followers, or 2.6% of her entire following. Her July 2018 following count post-purge was 76.06 million.

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