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Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted

The Verge Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are countedTwitter will stop including accounts that have been locked for bad behavior in publicly posted follower counts, the company said today. Accounts are locked for violating the company’s standards remain frozen unless the owner logs back in and resets their password. From now on, those locked accounts won’t be counted as followers of any account they had followed.

Most people will lose four followers or fewer because of the change, Twitter said. But large accounts could lose hundreds of thousands of accounts. President Donald Trump’s account lost 100,000 followers immediately after Twitter made the change, a Washington Post reporter found, and former President Barack Obama lost 400,000.

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Business Insider reports that Twitter is about to make a major change in its follower count. The social media giant says 'locked' accounts no longer count towards follower numbers. Locked accounts have been frozen, but not deleted, due to a sudden change in user behavior. this means several...

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