“We understand of which may be hard for some, yet we believe accuracy along with transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation,” the company said Tuesday.
Starting of which week, most Twitter users around the globe will notice a slight drop in their follower counts. of which’s because, beginning today, the company plans to stop counting locked Twitter accounts in a user’s total number of followers.
Twitter announced the adjustments Wednesday as part of its “healthy conversations” initiative, which in part seeks to weed out fraudulent along with spammy accounts. In a blog post, Twitter’s Legal, Policy, along with Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde suggests of which for most users the change will be tiny — about four followers or fewer. yet for users with large followings — especially those who’ve attempted to inflate their followings with purchased followers — the number of purged accounts could be much higher. “We understand of which may be hard for some, yet we believe accuracy along with transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation,” Gadde’s post reads.
According to Twitter, locked accounts are not necessarily automated bot or spam accounts. Twitter locks accounts for a variety of reasons, including when the company has reason to believe of which the account has been hacked or otherwise compromised. An account can be locked if Twitter believes the item has tweeted “a large volume of unsolicited replies along with mentions” or if the item has tweeted “misleading links.” Similarly, Twitter will lock an account along with inquire with the account owner if the company notices “a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them.”
In all cases, Twitter contacts the owner of the locked account with instructions on how to unlock their account. According to a Twitter spokesperson, the locked account has one month to comply or verify itself before the item is usually then purged by follower lists.
The announcement comes as Twitter cracks down on fraudulent accounts. According to a Washington Post report, Twitter has recently been suspending as many as 1 million fake or suspicious accounts per day. Twitter’s renewed focus has come after years of reports of suspicious behavior, including “Tweetdecking” networks of users who buy along with sell retweets, Twitter’s admission of which more than 50,000 Russia-linked bot accounts tweeted about the 2016 US election campaign, along that has a completely new York Times report investigating shady social media marketplaces for buying along with selling identities to celebrities along with brands.
along with while dropping locked accounts by follower counts won’t do much to mitigate the outgrowth of automated bots or stem the tide of misinformation, the move may be a little step toward transparency when the item comes to scams accounts along with bad actors. Follower counts are — rightly or not — a key metric of legitimacy across the network, along with purging inflated numbers is usually one little way to restore trust.