Justin Sun Brags About 1M Twitter Followers, Thousands of Which Appear Fake
Justin Sun tells the world about hitting a million Twitter followers. | Source: Youtube/TRON Foundation
It’s not just crypto exchange data that’s being manipulated. Tron Founder Justin Sun recently bragged about his popularity on Twitter, saying he was the “first one in [the] crypto world to break through 1 million” followers.
Indeed, Sun’s Twitter profile displays 1.01 million followers, which surpasses those amassed by many of his peers, including chief rival Ethereum Creator Vitalik Buterin, who boasts 842,000 followers. As one Twitter bot researcher pointed out, however, a common thread throughout many of Sun’s new follower accounts is that they are suspicious in nature.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) March 21, 2019
First Mover Advantage
In Sun’s quest to become first at something — anything — in a highly competitive blockchain space, he seems to have broken the unwritten rule of know-your-followers (KYF). His newfound Twitter fame in March coincided with a $20 million free cash giveaway involving a free Tesla, the qualifications for which include retweeting his announcement.
Not surprisingly, this generated momentum for him on the social media platform, culminating with the appearance of a million followers. Twitter bot researcher and social media influencer Geoff Golberg points out, however, that something is amiss.
Golberg notes that some “20,000 of Sun’s most recent 50,000 Twitter followers” were added in March alone, which incidentally is when the Tesla campaign kicked off. Even more suspicious is the fact that many of the new fans are following a single account — Justin Sun — and have no followers to speak of themselves.