An average Twitter user can lose up to four followers.
Fake accounts are one of the major nuisances that the platforms like Twitter have to overcome. In the recent past, WhatsApp was battling with ‘Fake News’ menace and this time it is Twitter who has signaled to curb down on fake accounts.
As first reported by the New York Times, online news and social networking service will start deactivating all the fake accounts which may number in millions.
We are committed to building trust and encouraging healthy conversation on Twitter.— Twitter (@Twitter) July 11, 2018
Follower counts should be meaningful and accurate. We are removing locked accounts from follower counts.
As anticipated by Twitter, an average user is expected to lose no more than four followers from their list. The number can take a massive jump for people who have multiple fake followers in their account’s list.
As stated by The Washington Post, the drive has already begun, and many people have already taken the hit. US President Donald Trump and Barack Obama are the top fishes among the list of people whose Twitter followers are snubbed. Trump followers were slashed by 100,000, and Obama’s count decreased by 400,000.
Twitter officials agreed on the fact that people have easy access to such tools that offer “tens of thousands” of fake followers in a go and on top of that, Twitter incompetency to deal with such accounts has only aggravated the unfair practices further.
“We don’t want to incentivize the purchase of followers and fake accounts to artificially inflate follower counts, because it’s not an accurate measure of someone’s influence on the platform or influence in the world,” said Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president for trust and safety. “We think it’s a really important and meaningful metric, and we want people to have confidence that these are engaged users that are following other accounts.”
Removal of fake Twitter accounts is expected to take a hit on millions of fake accounts that have crept in over the period of time and can impact a reduction in the total follower count on the platform by 6 percent. The people who have their genuine accounts on Twitter and are less active on the Twitter may also get affected by it. The drive will cut down on fake followers that many people have amassed and will also immerse more trust in users for the Twitter and its policies against fake accounts.