Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge
Herman Weaver | 13 July, 2018, 23:53

On Wednesday, Twitter had announced in a statement that it would be deleting the accounts that had been locked, leading to a fall in follower counts this week.

There have been many instances in the past few years of people using bot accounts to promote certain campaigns, and this has made Twitter lose its credibility over the years.

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

The New York Times reported that among those who lost followers were the current and former commanders in chief.

"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.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

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The pop singer, along with Justin Bieber and former President Barack Obama, led a long list of celebrities, politicians, social media stars and news organizations who saw their followers drop as a result of Twitter's purge of suspicious accounts.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account. He lost just 326,118 followers on Thursday, the day before most accounts saw a drop, and on Friday he regained 5,339 followers.

The move is aimed at users reportedly inflating their followers on the platform with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to "bolster their political activism, business endeavours or entertainment careers".

"In most cases, these [locked] accounts were created by real people but the platform can not confirm that the original person who opened the account still has control and access to it", Twitter had said, adding that spam or bot accounts on the other hand showed "spammy" behaviour from the beginning.

Going by the current count, Shah Rukh Khan happens to retain his top spot as the "Most Followed Bollywood Actor" on Twitter right now. Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost followers, but he didn't appear upset about it.

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