Twitter announced on Wednesday that ‘locked’ accounts will no longer count towards people’s follower numbers.
Locked accounts are those which Twitter has frozen, but not deleted, due to a sudden change in user behaviour.
Twitter said the change means people will likely see a reduction in their follower numbers, especially those with big followings.
Twitter announced on Wednesday that this week it will no longer include ‘locked’ accounts in users’ follower numbers in an attempt to restore faith in follower counts.
In a blog post Twitter said that most people would see a drop of four followers or fewer, but that those with larger follower numbers will “experience a more significant drop.”
A spokesman told Business Insider the changes would impact tens of millions of accounts, representing around 6% of all follows.
For celebrity Twitter users with huge followings like Katy Perry (110 million), Barack Obama (104 million) and Donald Trump (53.4 million) this could mean a sizeable culling of their follower counts.
Twitter locks accounts if it detects sudden changes of behaviour, such as tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions, tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them. Once an account is locked, it …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology