Fake App: "Who visits your Twitter profile?" Is NOT Real

Hoax Alert

  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake App: "Who visits your Twitter profile?" Is NOT Real

Does the app "Who visits your Twitter profile?" really work? No, that's not true, it is just a scam designed to gain control over people's Twitter account so the app makers can later use it to send or retweet spam or even use it in a bot network for various purposes (sending scams, promoting fake news, phishing...). The app does not work because it would be technically impossible and a grave breach of all kinds of privacy laws if it did.

Users are lured to the site of the fake app with tweets sent from previously compromised accounts (we archived the site here):

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Users are then prompted to give the app permission to use their account, including the ability for the app to send out tweets on their behalf or change their profile:

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That's a big, red flag right there. If you see an app asking these permissions you should really wonder why it needs this.

Users are complaining left and right the app is used for spamming people:

Fortunately one user already explained how you can get rid of it:

As you can see in this live running search, the fake app sends out fairly well randomized tweets to promote the app, heavily spamming people's timelines:

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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