Twitter cracks down on ‘fake’ followers

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm July 13, 2018 12:44

Twitter cracks down on ‘fake’ followers

Some of the world’s biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on “locked” accounts.

US singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. Barack Obama went down 2.1 million.

Twitter said it had taken the decision due to its “ongoing and global effort to build trust”.

It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.

The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity – such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets – and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower counts.

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.

But she warned that more popular accounts would “experience a more significant drop”.

Nowhere has this been more true than with Twitter’s own account on the platform, which lost 7.7 million followers.

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users’ confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are “a visible feature” on the platform.

In January, New York’s chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

Source: BBC

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm July 13, 2018 12:44
Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment
View comments

Write a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

*

Recent Comments

  • Oxygen

    Oxygen

    Yeah I think it is time the government officials start accounting for their deeds. They cannot just come into power…

    View Article
  • Sammy the VIRUS

    Sammy the VIRUS

    In my estimation,I believe the average man in his quest to satisfy his libido will stop at nothing to have…

    View Article
  • Sammy the VIRUS

    Sammy the VIRUS

    There is this maxim within our local circles that says a man who works at Barkleys bank does not collect…

    View Article