Twitter’s crackdown on fake accounts will make you look less popular

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

"In these situations, we reach out to the owners of the accounts, and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, we keep them locked with no ability to log in".

Former US President Obama lost 2.5 million followers; Trump saw his follower count drop by roughly 400,000 and Kim Kardashian unloaded 1.7 million followers in the last day. The president now has 53.1 million followers, according to his account page.

Across the board, Twitter's most followed celebrities felt a cut on Thursday. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, lost about 2 million each, leaving them at 104 million and 83.2 million respectively.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

Popular Twitter users who have branded themselves as influencers have lost countless followers in the wake of the new regulations to curb fake accounts.

Kenyans were not the only ones affected as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey himself reported that he lost 200,000 followers.

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The Washington Post reported last week that Twitter has suspended more than one million accounts a day in recent months, and the rate has more than doubled since October, when the company, under congressional pressure, revealed how Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the US presidential election.

Twitter also said the purge won't affect the metrics it releases to investors, like monthly active users or daily active users. "Twitter purge doing the most".

The microblogging site explained that it has been locking accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behaviour.

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

Twitter's general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, said in a blog post that the latest move is part of the company's efforts to "build trust and encourage healthy conversation" after it faced global scrutiny for its flood of fake and spam accounts.

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