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

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

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users.

The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behavior such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.

President Trump and former president Barack Obama have both lost Twitter followers as a result of the social networking site purging questionable its accounts.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer.

The most-followed account on Twitter belongs to popular singer Katy Perry, who lost 1.5 million followers; the number now stands at 108.1 million.




"Our digital ecosystem is being polluted by a growing number of fake user accounts, so Twitter's commitment to cleaning up the digital space should be welcomed wholeheartedly by everyone, from users of the platforms, to creators and advertisers", Unilever Chief Marketing Officer Keith Weed wrote in an email to Bloomberg. Twitter began culling locked accounts from follower figures Thursday, and as the process continues to the numbers could decline further.

Perry, who had 110 million followers, now has 107 million, USA Today reported. "A sudden drop of thousands of followers in one hour!"

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. He's likely still going to keep tweeting out news and calling others out on their fake news reports, but the president and many others are going to be doing it to smaller audiences thanks to the Twitter purge.

Since the above tweet was published on Thursday evening, Lewis's follower count has dropped further to 363,000.

"As part of our ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter, every part of the service matters", read its blog post.