Justin Bieber's Twitter Crown Questioned After Report Claims Half His Followers Are Fake

10 April 2013, 14:14

The 'Beauty & A Beat' singer's 37 million followers are said to feature a huge number of fake or spam accounts.

Justin Bieber's status as the king of Twitter has been called into question after it was claimed that almost half of his followers may be fake accounts.

The 'Boyfriend' star was named the most followed person on Twitter earlier this year, with almost 37 million followers in total, but new statistics suggest many of them could be inactive or spam.

According to a new report from Social Bakers, an estimated 45% of his followers are fake, after taking into account factors like having less than 50 followers, following only one account and never posting any tweets.

The social media statistics company also takes into account users who post spam tweets about buzz word subjects like dieting and working from home.

Social Bakers puts the 'As Long As You Love Me' singer's true follower count at around 17.8 million, while Lady Gaga's 'actual' follower count comes to 19 million, compared to her real count of almost 36 million.

Check out a picture of Justin Bieber with his newly cropped hairstyle this week below (Credit: BieberFever.com):

The new report also names artists including Katy Perry, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake as some of the most genuinely followed people on Twitter.

Earlier this week Justin Bieber unveiled a new longer hairstyle and shaved sides, while recent rumours suggest he is planning to release a brand new 3D concert movie in time for Christmas.