Twitter Said, People May See Drop In Number Of Followers. Here's Why

Twitter Said, People May See Drop In Number Of Followers. Here

Twitter Said, People May See Drop In Number Of Followers. Here's Why(Representational image)

New Delhi: On wednesday, the social networking site Twitter said that users are likely to see a drop in the numbers of "follower" as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts.

Twitter said that it would make the change by removing from followers any accounts which have been "locked" after sudden changes in behavior, which may signal the people who opened them may no longer be in control.

Twitter said in a blog post, "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally."

"As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down."

The service based in San Francisco said that it reaches out to owners of locked accounts to confirm all is well and have them reset passwords.

In the meantime, locked accounts were kept in tallies of other Twitter users they "followed."

The social networking site said that most of these accounts "were created by real people" but that it locks accounts if it cannot confirm that the original person who opened the account is still in charge.

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It was expected by twitter that most users to see follower counts reduce by four or less, with "a more significant drop" for people with large follower numbers.

The San Francisco-based company said, "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation." 

The reason why most accounts are being locked include tweeting large numbers of unsolicited replies or firing off "misleading" links. The social networking site said that it sometimes locks accounts if ranks of users block them, or if stolen passwords are posted online.

Twitter said, "Until we confirm that everything is okay with the account, we lock it, which makes them unable to tweet or see ads."

"In most cases, these accounts were created by real people but we cannot confirm that the original person who opened the account still has control and access to it."

As per twitter, The motivation for the update was that follower counts often serve as an indicator of account credibility.

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