I am no techno alchemist but it doesn’t take any special technical training to see what is happening. The continuing proliferation of these bots is distorting everyone’s follower stats. At this point I would suggest they are virtually meaningless. It starting with fake people, then a combination of fake and real corporations, now even events can be followers. See my post below on my latest biggest fan open championship 2017. I have been bitching and moaning about this bot issue since day 1. I have been ignored and my concerns dismissed by Medium staff and frankly most of the the Medium user base. I seem to be the only one who thought this was total bullshit. I had started to mellow on it some and then the open championship thing hit me yesterday and got me all fired up again, so yeah, speaking of fire.