Britt McHenry is one of the many celebrities that bought followers from social media company Devumi, according to The New York Times.
The Times dropped a very interesting report on Devumi earlier today. In it, it listed Britt McHenry among the many celebrities that it can count among its clients.
Devumi reportedly sells fake Twitter followers. By padding follower counts, it can help celebrities appear more influential on the social media platform.
Many of the fake profiles are copied from actual Twitter users. The Times spoke to a teenage girl from Minnesota who had no idea that her profile was copied when she was 17.
That fake account retweets messages in various languages and on a whole host of subjects. It doesn't look at all authentic, beyond the altered handle, and copied bio, and profile picture.
Other sports figures named include Ray Lewis, Joey Galloway, and even Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell. There are also actors, pundits from across the political spectrum, and entire publications that allegedly purchased these fake followers.
McHenry has been especially divisive since leaving ESPN. She has pivoted towards politics, and was listed under the "media" section of the Times' list as a “conservative writer and pundit.”
After she was listed, one Twitter user ran a "Twitter audit" on her. According to the site, 92-percent of her over 500,000 followers are fake.
As a result, the former ESPN reporter is getting absolutely lambasted on Twitter. By very real followers and non-followers alike.
One particular tweet from September by McHenry has aged particularly poorly. In it, she brags about the growth of her Twitter follower count.
Not the best look. McHenry has not yet responded to TheNew York Times report.