How to Tell if a Twitter Account is Fake

How to Tell if a Twitter Account is Fake

Are you addicted to Twitter? It’s normal! These 140 characters have revolutionized our lives. Not only does Twitter help us find out what is happening in the world instantly, but it also allows us to voice our opinions or beliefs to the world. However, as with any application, we always recommend looking out for fake accounts, which more often than not share fake information.

If you’re wondering how to tell if a Twitter account is fake, look no further! In this oneHOWTO article we’ll be discussing the most obvious signs to help you spot fake Twitter accounts. Keep reading for more.

Steps to follow:

Undoubtedly, the best way to tell if a Twitter account is fake is to look if it has the Twitter verification certificate. The Twitter verification symbol is that little blue mark with a white tick in the center, that appears on some accounts of important figures, corporations and media, etc. This symbol assures us that the account is the original, official account.


However, Twitter's use of the tick is quite limited, making it harder to to tell if a Twitter account is fake. There are applications, however, such as SocialBro and UnTweeps, which can help us identify followers who are inactive for more than three months, one of the keys to identify whether an account is false.


The website Fake Follower Check can also help to identify Twitter accounts according to a percentage of verification. This application divides accounts into false, inactive or good accounts to follow.

Socialbanjers, Followerwonk and Twitter Audit are three similar tools, although the latter can directly eliminate false accounts.


When Twitter was first launched, identifying a fake account was much easier than it is now. Simply because they tended not to include profile pictures or a biography, and had few followers.

Now, images of a false profile have replaced real versions and are often full of fake information, with striking biographies and numerous followers. This makes these fake accounts difficult to identify, but you can get an idea of whether an account is false through a variation of parameters based on their activity.


An underactive account with thousands and thousands of followers is more than likely false. It may have some activity that is limited to just one subject, e.g. politics, sport or religion.


When it comes to fake account activity, some accounts are scheduled to tweet large sequences that are often promotional and repetitive, making them easy to identify. These Twitter accounts often have a large number of retweets but if you look closely, you'll notice that they are very similar tweeters. This is a clear sign that a Twitter account is a bot or a fake.


Another clear way of knowing wether a Twitter account is a bot or a fake is by looking at the profile picture and biography. Very spectacular photos with attractive men or women are perfect for drawing attention. However, if you look at the biography text, it may not be properly written, with poorly constructed sentences or might even be written in another language. These are clear indications that the Twitter account is false.


For more Twitter application related questions, we recommend reading our following articles:

  • How to change your Twitter username.
  • How to delete my Twitter account.
  • How to know if someone deactivates their Twitter account.

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