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Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge

13 July 2018

Bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi (left) and Christian Dela.

Twitter Inc.'s top executive didn't slide by unscathed in the social-media site's crackdown on fake followers.

Controversial bloggers Cyprian Nyakundi and Christian Dela have each seen their numbers whittle down by half overnight. He's got over 4 million followers as of Thursday.

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The two are among the so-called influencers who are paid huge amounts to post content on their social media.

Twitter said it had taken the decision due to its "ongoing and global effort to build trust".

The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behaviour such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

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The majority of Twitter users will see a reduction of four followers or fewer, but those with larger follower counts will see a bigger drop, the company said.

It had warned that as a result of the move, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a post.

The changes also affected other individuals globally.

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Her tweet comes after many prominent Twitter users across the world lost more than a million followers as federal and state agencies in the U.S. started investigating shadowy agencies that sell fake followers.

Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge