A few months back, micro-blogging giant Twitter in order to get rid of fake accounts on its platform started to remove all the accounts that already had been locked due to suspicious activities. As a result of it, many high profile accounts saw a huge dip in their follower count, however since then many of these locked accounts have been reinstated. Twitter has confirmed to Reuters that it apparently “discovered a bug where some of these accounts were added back, which led to misleading follower counts.”
Ad fraud research company Social Puncher said some time after the ban on fake accounts, many high profile Twitter users gained back about a third of their followers that they had lost in the ban. Apparently, those reinstated accounts disappeared again on Friday. Shortly after the disappearance of these accounts on Friday, Entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted about his follower count dropping 20,000 in the last few days. It’s quite unlikely that Musk had to purchase any fake followers, but those who did may have to get used to their small follower count.
(Bhavik Grover is a technology journalist. He has several years of experience working as a tech journalist for various reputed tech publications in the digital ecosystem. He also has industry knowledge of the current Silicon Valley tech culture. He is always ready to take up new reporting jobs in the technology field.)
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