Is Katy Perry The Most Followed Person On Twitter? Not If You Take Out The Bots

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Katy Perry performing at the Grammys earlier this year (Getty Images)

For ages now, Katy Perry has been Queen of Twitter as far as follower count goes.

It’s always baffled us slightly. Katy’s great, we’ve no bad words to say about her, but she doesn’t inspire quite the same levels of obsession as a host of other celebrities do (for reasons unknown, but she doesn’t).

The truth behind her 99.3 million followers, however, is that a hefty number of those are fake, automated bots and not real humans. That is, according to, which claims to tells you what percentage of someone’s followers are genuine.

Presuming their tech is accurate, just 37% of the Californian singer’s following are humans, leaving her with 37 million Twitter fans. Ouch, that’s quite a drop.

So who, using this logic, is really the most followed person on Twitter? That’s accolade goes to Katy’s “rival”, Taylor Swift, who takes the crown with 38.3 million genuine followers.

Here at Shevolution, we don’t believe in girl-on-girl feuds (or any feuds, in fact), so the whole Katy and Taylor being “straight up enemies” thing is not something we want to fuel, let alone support.

Katy Perry and Taylor Swift during happier times in 2010 (Getty Images)

It all began back in 2013 when Taylor accused Katy of stealing backing dancers from her Red world tour before it had finished. Taylor released “Bad Blood”, about the breakdown of their friendship and it all spiralled out of control. Yes, they both went out with John Mayer, but he apparently has nothing to do with it.

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Here’s hoping that all this silliness comes to an an end soon after Katy appeared on James Corden’s Car Pool Karaoke to set the record straight.

“I think personally that women together, not divided, and none of this petty bullshit, women together will heal the world,” she said, before James asked whether a text from Taylor saying “the beef is off the grill” would be enough.

“100%”, came her reply.

Here’s hoping that finding out she’s actually second to Tay in the Twitter rankings doesn’t change that. Because it damn well shouldn’t. Obviously.