Twitter removed faked accounts: Influencers lost thousands of followers

News - Feb 03, 2020

Twitter is so serious about removing inactive and fake accounts that feeds of users have for days been flooded with tweets with the question “Where have my followers gone?” The more followers a user has, the more of them s/he has lost – everything has been done pretty much proportionately.

Well, the action had been announced at end-2019, but it was delayed due to a number of reasons, one of them being the fact that it would have deleted deceased users’ accounts, so it took some time to separate bot ones from those memorialising people who were no longer with us.

The company has announced that, following users’ reactions, it decided to put a pause to everything and look for a way to protect the accounts kept by families of the deceased, including all their posts, in order to memorialise them. Therefore, it will not remove inactive accounts before this function is secured.

Thus user accounts on Twitter which were inactive for long were removed at end-January. Twitter planned to remove inactive accounts in order to be able to present more precise information that people could trust. But it also wants to foster more active use of Twitter after registration. The company contacted some account holders who had not logged in for more than six months in order to warn them that their accounts might be removed on the following day if they remained inactive. The deactivation deadline was December 11.

What remains unclear is that whether the names of the deleted accounts will be available to other users.

The situation is no better in Hollywood: many celebrities have been affected by losing exceptionally large numbers of followers.

For instance, TV host and stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres is followed by 74.4 million people, including up to 58 percent fake accounts.

The second most affected celebrity is singer and actress Katy Perry, with 53 percent fake accounts. Behind her is reality star Kourtney Kardashian, with a total of 80 million followers, including nearly a half – 49 percent fake ones.

The same rate of bots is registered for singer Taylor Swift, with 119 million followers. Behind her are Korean superstars BTS, followed by 19 million people, including almost 49 percent fake ones.



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