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Tate Martell Explains His Fake Twitter Followers Story

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell was part of a New York Times story on fake Twitter followers earlier this year.

“All these accounts belong to customers of an obscure American company named Devumi that has collected millions of dollars in a shadowy global marketplace for social media fraud. Devumi sells Twitter followers and retweets to celebrities, businesses and anyone who wants to appear more popular or exert influence online. Drawing on an estimated stock of at least 3.5 million automated accounts, each sold many times over, the company has provided customers with more than 200 million Twitter followers, a New York Times investigation found.”

Martell was one of several people in sports to be included in that story. Also included: Britt McHenry, Joey Galloway, Ray Lewis.

Today, Martell explained to reporters what happened.

He bought some followers for his old account when he was 16.

"Oh yeah for my old account," he said Thursday, per Cleveland.com. "When I was 16 I was like, 'Let's go buy some followers.' I think I got like 2,000 followers from them."

Martell's old account, @tate18martell, how has less than 2,000 followers. It hasn't been active in years.

His new account, @TheTateMartell, has close to 100K followers.

You can read his full explanation here.