Celebs With the Most Fake Instagram Followers Revealed

By Clayton Rannard
August 23, 2019

A new report is calling out fake Instagram followers found on celebrities’ Instagram accounts. The order of, and who is in the list may surprise you.

Ellen DeGeneres takes first place for the most fake followers, with 58 percent of her 74.4 million followers. According to an analysis from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP).

Katy Perry comes a close second, with 53 percent of her 83.6 million Instagram followers found to be fake.

Kourtney Kardashian and pop star Taylor Swift tie the list at number 3 with 49 percent of their Instagram followers found to be fake. Considerably lower than Ellen’s percentage, but still alarmingly high.

Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus also ranked high for fake followers, and Kim and Khloe Kardashian tied with 44 percent fake Instagram followers each.

Lastly, rounding out the list was K-Pop Band BTS with 48 percent.

Why so many fake followers? Celebrities have been accused of hiring companies that enlist bots to follow their accounts, falsely boosting their follower count and their value as influencers.

Many claim they are a victim in all of this, being targeted by the bots without their knowledge or approval. The issue came to light when Twitter announced that it would be purging bots to eliminate the ones promoting hate speech and political misinformation. In April, President Trump complained to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that his number of followers had plummeted.

Bots can do even more than hinder a celeb’s reputation. In 2016, data security company Imperva found that 28.9 percent bots can also hack passwords and spread viruses.