Twitter plans to remove “questionable accounts” or “fake followers” which will greatly reduce some users’ follower numbers Thursday. The total follower count on the Twitter platform will shrink by 6% as a result of the purge.
Breaking News: Twitter plans to remove tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' follower counts in a bid to crack down on fraud https://t.co/JRMgadIiue
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The reform is taking aim at a form of social media fraud where users inflate their followers with automated or fake accounts, giving the appearance of social influence.
Beginning tomorrow many users will see their follower numbers fall.
Twitter did not give an exact number but said it would strip tens of millions of questionable accounts from users’ followers.