Although Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton claims to have attracted 3.6 million Twitter followers, "not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them," the Daily Mail
Two popular online measuring tools found that no more than 44 percent of Clinton's Twitter fan base "consists of real people who are active in using the social media platform" and at least 15 percent (more than 544,000) "are completely fake," according to the British newspaper.
The new measurements will add to the Clinton presidential campaign's embarrassment following news on Tuesday that a large number of her Facebook fans may represent "likes" that were purchased rather than earned.
While Clinton served as secretary of state, her department was reportedly buying likes on Facebook, according to a report by The Associated Press
In 2013, the State Department said it would stop buying Facebook fans after its inspector general criticized the agency for spending $630,000 to artificially increase the numbers, AP reported.
Clinton left the State Department during the inspector general's investigation.
Facebook says it has entire teams of employees responsible for exposing schemes to create fraudulent "likes" and that it works to remove them.
In yet another early embarrassment for Clinton, the Daily Mail reported that a woman who portrayed a kindly, gardening grandmother in the campaign launch video "is actually a former abortion lobbyist who once helmed a campaign for Texas state Senator Wendy Davis."
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