Despite the accusations coming from fellow Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney, Alexis Bellino says she did not buy Twitter followers. In an interview with Fox News, Alexis admitted it was suspicious how her account jumped 30,000 followers in a single day, so she “waited to respond” until she and “a team of specialists” could figure out what happened.

"I did not understand the meaning of buying fans, so it has taken me a few days to grasp exactly what occurred. Let me be very clear on this issue, neither myself nor members of my team have ever purchased a Twitter fan,” said Alexis.

“What I have learned is that someone else can do this to my account, and it's very interesting how this chain of events has unfolded, and how certain people seem so knowledgeable and opinionated about what is happening to my account," she explained. Since making that statement, Alexis has hinted she knows who is targeting her account, tweeting, “You said it, not me!!” when a fan wrote, “I’m going to throw out the accusation that Tamra bought fake followers for Alexis’s account to make her look bad.”

The “chain of events” Alexis is referring to may be Peggy Tanous’ husband, Micah, saying he was contacted by a company that claimed it had bought followers for some Housewives. However, based on Alexis’s Twitter Counter chart, similar spikes in followers have happened on more than one occasion in the past three months.

"I am told anyone can easily do to it anyone else without the use of passwords, usernames, or any other privileged information," Alexis continued.

According to what Michael Gregg, COO of Superior Solutions, told Fox News, there is a chance Alexis was targeted by spammer "bots" in order "to try to discredit Alexis or have her account blocked by Twitter." 

StatusPeople is a UK-based social media management platform that developed an application to decipher whether Twitter followers are real people or spam bots. In an email, the company’s founder, Rob Waller, told Wetpaint Entertainment, “Our tool is set up as way to make people aware that they may have an issue with their follower quality and for the majority of Twitter users it is quite accurate.” 

However, he added that with Twitter Counter, “a spike at a particular point that may be a good indication that someone has purchased followers or had them purchased on their behalf.” There’s no way of knowing whether someone with a sudden uptick bought them or if someone else did so “without credit card transaction details,” Waller says. 

When we used StatusPeople’s app to check on Alexis’s percentage of fake, real, and inactive followers, the stats were as follows: 64% fake, 23% inactive, and 13% good. Waller admits the numbers might not be precise, saying, “we are working on our tool to make it more accurate.” 

Even if the majority of Alexis’s 300,000 followers are spambots, there’s no telling where they originated from. 

Source: Fox News, Twitter CounterStatusPeople

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