By The Australian Financial Review:
Those keen at self-promotion are able to buy followers on the internet through dozens of websites but now a British company has developed a programme to identify fake users, exposing the scale of the deception.
Mervyn Barrett, a candidate for the post of Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner, appears to have high support among Brazilian porn stars and Argentinian fans of the singer Justin Bieber.
His Twitter account soared from 330 followers on June 28 to 17,014 by July 9, with his new followers largely from Latin America, southeast Asia and the United States.
A source close to Mr Barrett’s campaign told the Sunday Times: “We think perhaps it was the work of an over-enthusiastic supporter as Mervyn would never dream of doing something like this… Read more