Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Twitter purge: Don't be surprised if you lose followers

Twitter purge Twitter purge: Don't be surprised if you lose followers
Hannah Rogers | 13 July, 2018, 21:17

Twitter said that most people would see a change of about 4 followers or fewer but those people with larger follower accounts would experience a more significant drop.

The most followed Bollywood celebrities on Twitter namely- Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone are amongst the many famous personalities who have lost out on over Three lakh followers.

Even Twitter itself didn't escape unscathed, as it saw 12 percent, or 7.7 million of its followers disappear between Wednesday and Thursday.

Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed.

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

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.

If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account.

As Twitter continues to rid its platform of suspicious accounts, many users, including influential profiles like U.S. President Donald Trump, could see a significant drop in followers.

"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud".

It added, "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally". However, looking at the most popular celeb and politicians accounts before and after Twitter's crackdown suggested a stringent effort by the micro-blogging platform.

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.

The decision had an nearly immediate impact with followers of many noted Indian politicians and film stars seeing a sharp decline.

Outspoken political blogger Cyprian Nyakundi and social media influencer Christian Dela have suffered a huge blow losing over 1 million followers combined.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", she wrote.

His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday.

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