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    The group gained attention worldwide in 2017, gathering an army (literally) of fans; however, it seems that not all of their supporters on the prominant social media platform are real.

    Popular K-pop group BTS came in second place in the proportion of fake followers on Instagram, according to an Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) report, giving first place to Ellen DeGeneres, who has the highest amount of fake followers.

    Among other famous personalities in sport, acting and TV, BTS took fifth place.

    The Furious Army (the name of the group’s fandom) overflowed Twitter to express their discontent with the recent data, claiming that BTS sales say it all:

    Earlier, in April, Donald Trump, who is also a K-pop fan and a well-known Twitter user, met with the social media company’s CEO Jack Dorsey and discussed the problem of fake accounts on the platform. The US president was concerned by how the platform was working and Dorsey explained that, among other things, they were seeking to clean up fake and abusive accounts.

    ​BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2013 in Seoul and has expanded its influence on music culture to Europe and the US. They became the first K-pop group to perform on American Music Award in 2017 and attended the 61st Grammy Awards 2019.

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