Is the XRP army made up of bots and fake accounts?

17 Mar, 2019 | Updated: 17 Mar, 2019
by Will Heasman
Is the XRP army made up of bots and fake accounts?

The XRP army is one of the most formidable and growing crypto communities in the industry; fiercely fighting against any FUD and bearishness that dare enters their territory, but are most of these shill soldiers just Twitter bots and fake accounts?

Yes, is the answer according to Geoff Golberg, an independent researcher of Twitter manipulation, who’s visual analysis allegedly shows an interesting correlation between the many Twitter followers of prominent XRP accounts, something he dubs, “astroturfing”:

Speaking to Trustnodes Golberg explained his visualized analysis:

“Every dot/node is a Twitter account which is following and/or being followed by GiantGox,” GiantGox being one of the aforementioned prominent XRP accounts.

Below depicts the overlap of followers from Emi Yoshikawa (@emy_wng) Ripple's lead global business expansion strategists, and the Twitter account crypto_child, another prominent XRP account:

Golberg further suggests that his “in-depth analysis” shows that there are more than 8,000 XRP related bots or faked accounts:

While It could be argued that XRP accounts simply follow the other XRP accounts by nature, Trustnodes relays some further evidence of follower manipulation:

The publication explains that the main purpose of these (now deleted) bots, is to inflate XRP follower’s numbers.

Post deletion, one XRP account allegedly lost two million followers in one fell swoop.

Now, obviously the XRP army (real or fake) didn’t take too kindly to Golberg’s (and Trustnodes') allegations, confronting them, on (you guessed it) Twitter:

Interestingly this tweet appears unequivocally human, yet Golberg points to the username with a string of numbers proceeding it, something indicative of accounts created en-masse.

It’s fair to say that while there are probably many bot accounts for many cryptocurrencies, XRP accounts following XRP accounts, for the most part, is (most likely) purely incidental, and (probably) not part of a bigger conspiracy… but who knows?

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