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

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

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 U.S. presidential election.

As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost almost 300,000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers.

They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today.

Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

Twitter's move has cost its 100 most popular users about 2% of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.

In Kenya, some of the bigwigs who had over a million and hundreds of thousands of followers have been the worst casualties in the ongoing clean up.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard says joining Real Madrid is every player's dream
Nevertheless, losing a player of his talent would be a devastating blow to the Blues and arriving manager, Maurizio Sarri. However, while all may appear well for Chelsea , Terreur does state that things with Real Madrid could alter quickly.

Twitter has been under increased public scrutiny over complaints of fake and automated Twitter profiles that are spreading fake news, spamming the micro-blogging site, abusing others or impersonating people. The social media site said that, over the years, it had locked accounts if it detected "sudden changes in account behaviour", including tweeting of a large number of unsolicited replies or mentions, sharing misleading links, or if a large number of accounts blocked the account after mentioning them. On Friday, Obama had 101 million followers, but on July 11, he had 104 million.

Fast forward to this week, when Twitter began purging fake accounts in an attempt to rid itself of some of its more unsavory qualities - trolling, spam, etc. - and make its metrics a little more realistic.

Other celebrities also lost big.

Twitter announced it was cracking down on locked accounts to "improve the health" of conversation on the platform.

The head of the company's legal team, Vijaya Gadde, said that most accounts would only lose around four followers as a result of the new measures.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Maguire 'deserves to play higher', says Riyad Mahrez
Jul 13, 2018 - 23:18
Speaking at his formal unveiling at the City Football Academy, Mahrez said: "It's a club who wants to win this type of trophy". Now we will have to work and see what can happen. "He's a big manager who won a lot of things and made history at this club".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Basketball: NBA legend Charles Oakley arrested, Las Vegas gambling cheat
Jul 13, 2018 - 23:12
Security footage supposedly backed up the claim, and the former Knicks star was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Oakley was arrested on three counts of assault for his fight with the security guards and another for criminal trespassing.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Papa John's to cut founder out from all branding
Jul 13, 2018 - 22:24
He believes very few Papa John's customers know Schnatter's name. "Regardless of the context, I apologize", the statement said. The company can not afford to alienate customers, with sales already under pressure from rivals such as Domino's.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Queen misses christening for Prince Louis
Jul 13, 2018 - 22:15
As reported by the Western media, the ceremony will be attended by senior children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge . Prince Charles , Prince William's father, his wife Camilla , attended along with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump's great (and contentious) adventure
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:46
Mr Stoltenberg said the president had injected a "new sense of urgency" into the discussions on "burden-sharing". However, the $33-40bn figures appear to be a reference to increased spending since 2014.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nevada execution could be derailed by drug company’s lawsuit
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:26
Last year, a pharmaceutical company sued the state of Arkansas over drugs used in its lethal injections, but was unsuccessful. In response, states including Ohio, Florida and Oklahoma have adopted or suggested new and untested drug combinations.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rosenstein Indicts 12 RUSSIAN AGENTS for 'Hacking' 2016 Election
Jul 13, 2018 - 20:24
The announcement came just before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Rosenstein briefed President Trump on the coming indictment earlier this week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Isaiah Thomas Makes Surprising Free Agency Decision
Jul 13, 2018 - 19:27
Thomas was in MVP contention in his final campaign with Boston, but things went downhill when he injured his hip. Thomas averaged 15.2 points in 26.9 minutes per game with the Cavaliers and the Lakers last season.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top RAF Ensign flown to mark RAF centenary
Jul 13, 2018 - 19:12
Speaking at the event, the Queen congratulated the RAF for its "remarkable contribution to defense over the last hundred years". The Duchess of Sussex looked elegant and chic as she arrived at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Air Force Centenary service.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Neymar third favourite to replace Ronaldo after Juventus move
Jul 13, 2018 - 17:44
The powerful Agnelli family including Juventus' president Andrea Agnelli co-own the Turin-based club and Fiat. New Juventus signing Joao Cancelo has welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justice Department reopens investigation into 63-year-old murder of Emmett Till
Jul 13, 2018 - 17:12
Images of his mutilated body gave witness to the depth of racial hatred in the Deep South and inspired civil rights campaigns. District Attorney Dewayne Richardson declined comment Thursday on any role he might have in the case.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump praises Queen Elizabeth as 'tremendous woman'
Jul 13, 2018 - 17:10
Johnson, who helped lead the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union , accused May of killing "the Brexit dream". During his news conference on Thursday, the USA president also appeared to refer to Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino says Russia 2018 has been best World Cup
Jul 13, 2018 - 16:56
It is common practice for broadcasters to pick attractive female fans from the crowd and zoom in on them during cutaways. However, he acknowledged that the number of incidents on the streets may have been 10 times higher but not reported.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top PH lauds Thailand for daring cave rescue of boys soccer team
Jul 13, 2018 - 16:19
It was barely days after the Wild Boars were rescued that a Thai cave rescue movie was announced to be in development. Saman's death, the only casualty in the operation, was widely mourned.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sen. Baldwin won’t back Trump’s pick for Supreme Court
Jul 13, 2018 - 14:28
The information came from financial disclosures and information provided by the White House, according to the report . She also said that Trump vowed to only appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn the Roe v.