You may have lost you account or followers on Twitter as the platform seek to rid itself of fake Twitter users as they call it. You are not alone, many were victim of the recent Twitter purge. The crackdown is not over. In this article, I will give reasons why you may have been affected. Read along.
So many people have been affected and even some of the worlds biggest celebrities lost their fans and also lost their accounts.
US singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. Barack Obama even went down 2.1 million.
Twitter said they are cracking down on “locked” account.
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On Going case of Fake Followers
Before this recent in-house cleaning by Twitter there has an ongoing case in the US concerning fake followers on social media.
According to BBC, a New York’s chief prosecutor says the state is opening an investigation into a firm that allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.
“Impersonation and deception are illegal under New York law,” said Eric Schneiderman.
The company, Devumi, stands accused of stealing real people’s identities, which it denies, according to the New York Times.The paper linked the “follower factory” to a host of celebrity accounts.
The New York Times published an in-depth report on Devumi on Saturday, including interviews with people who alleged their account details and profile pictures had been copied to create realistic “bots”.
It is alleged that others who wanted to increase their follower count, including actors, entrepreneurs and political commentators, could then pay to be followed by the bots. On social media, high follower accounts boost influence, which can impact public opinion, or bring advantages, such as job offers or sponsorship deals, to account holders.
Litigation is good, but it takes time most of the time. Twitter have decided to act on the Fake accounts and on their platform, some “real” accounts were affected and many people are wondering, why?.
Why you lost your Twitter Account?
Twitter said it had taken the decision due to its “ongoing and global effort to build trust“. It follows renewed scrutiny over fake news and users on social media.
The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity – such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets – and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower counts.
The head of the company’s legal team, Vijaya Gadde, said that most accounts would only lose around four followers as a result of the new measures.
But she warned that more popular accounts would “experience a more significant drop”.
Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users’ confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are “a visible feature” on the platform.
Twitter’s own account was not left out. Twitter’s own account on the platform, lost 7.7 million followers.We dont know if this will be the last of it but stay off Twitter’s bad books, you may easily lose years of handwork.
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