Oh hey, it's a ten-week old website called twitterfollowersbuy(dot)com selling fake Twitter followers. #WednesdayWisdom #SeemsLegit

cc: @ZellaQuixote
We contacted the "24/7 email address" on twitterfollowersbuy(dot)com's "About Us" page, and quickly received a response providing @alkalineph20 as an example of an account followed by the followers offered by the site. Almost all of its followers were created July 2020 or later.
To find more accounts that are likely part of this fake follower network, we downloaded followers of other accounts followed by @alkalineph20's followers, and checked for periods where most of the accounts' followers were created July 2020 or later (orange circled areas).
We found 7461 accounts that we believe to be part of this fake follower network, many made in bulk on July 30th 2020, with the remainder being created later. These accounts have posted few or no tweets, and follow substantially more accounts than they're followed by.
The accounts in this fake follower network that have actually tweeted are repetitive, with various hacks/exploits being a theme of the repeated tweets (OnlyFans Premium for free, Pokemon Go spoofing, hacks for viewing private Instagram content, etc).
These accounts also retweet a lot of the same accounts, mostly promotional accounts in a variety of languages. A couple of political accounts turn up as well: GOP US senate candidate @realJohnACastro and Chilean senator @chahuan.
What accounts does this fake follower network follow? Lots of variety: everything from cryptocurrency accounts to escorts to attorneys. Interestingly, the account with the most followers from this network, @thouse_opinions, is labeled as Chinese state-affiliated media by Twitter.

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21 Sep
Sometimes suspicious accounts helpfully make themselves known by following you, and so it is with aspiring blue-check seller of shady social media services @sendthetrend.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
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cc: @ZellaQuixote
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cc: @ZellaQuixote ImageImage
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13 Sep
The wildfires presently burning in the Western USA have given rise to various conspiracy theories claiming that the conflagrations are an organized campaign of arson conducted by antifa, with a side of climate change denialism.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
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Retweet network for recent tweets containing arson/arsonist/arsonists. The largest cluster consists of right-wing accounts, most of which are putting forth the proposition that the wildfires are an act of political violence by antifa.
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