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Fake Followers Audit: OK! Investigates Which Celebrities Have The Most Faux Followers — Can You Guess The Star With 40M Fakes?

Nov. 9 2021, Published 3:18 p.m. ET

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New data has blown the lid off of the celebrities on Instagram with the highest number of fake followers. From chart-topping hit makers to reality stars — and even people who run nations — not all of their social media stats can be seen as real.

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According to a report from Sortlist, over 28% of the world's biggest pop stars, actors and politicians' followers are not actually authentic accounts.

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Rap superstar Nicki Minaj ranks as the number one celebrity with the most fake followers. The "Super Bass" musician boasts nearly 160,300,000 loyal followers — but out of this number, reportedly 28% (40 million) of them are not real.

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Pop sensations such as Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake all tied for number two in the top ten with about 27% of their millions not being credible followers.

Research showed that singer Ariana Grande clocked in with 26% (70 million, approximately) of her 271,300,000 followers being fake social media accounts.

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Adele, who is ready to make her highly anticipated come-back, was reported to have over 9 million inauthentic accounts that make up her nearly 42,512,621 followers.

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Along with Grande, other musical acts including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, share a 26% share of false accounts within their millions of followers. From her 268,000,000 followers, 25% of actress and singer Selena Gomez's followers appear to be fake.

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It's not only musicians with high numbers of fake followers: Even politicians like Hillary Clinton have nearly 1 million fake accounts tracking her moves. The British Royal Family also has about 2 million fake accounts following their account.

No Instagram ranking can be comlete without the social media moguls themselves, the Kardashian-Jenner family, who also reportedly rank as the television stars with the highest amount of fake accounts following.

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