Yes, I do believe there are spam-bot personas claiming they wish to follow me. And ello has no feature to allow us real users to filter these cretins from our feed except by checking each one out and going through a 3-step process for each one to block them. So this seems to be Ello just not giving a rat's rectum about the real user experience here, right? And they tend to either not respond to such complaints, or do so in belittling tones.
This is NOT a good sign for the life-line of a social media site.