Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Twitter, that disruptor of civility, will likely suspend more than 100 million fake and suspicious accounts as a result of a “Great Twitter Follower Purge” aimed at cleansing itself of most of the sources of discord destroying its reputation.
Twitter last week said it was going to continue purging suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users. It suspended more than 70 million fake and suspicious accounts in May and June. This total will certainly rise, and will likely exceed 100 million when the cleansing ends.
Twitter said it will no longer include Twitter accounts it had frozen for suspicious or potentially fraudulent behavior in the totals of followers listed on people’s profiles. A tweeter’s follower count is a key measure of online popularity and influence.
Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, said the latest move is part of the Twitter’s efforts to “build trust and encourage healthy conversation” after it faced global criticism for its flood of fake and spam accounts.
He said average Twitter users will not see such a dramatic difference in their follower counts. Most tweeters will lose only about four followers or fewer, according to Gadde.
The most notable “victims” of this Great Twitter Purge are its most prominent users. Katy Perry, the most popular Twitter user, saw more than three million of her followers disappear, bringing her total to 107 million. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift lost about two million each. Kim Kardashian West lost about 1.5 million followers.
Politicians weren’t spared either. Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account lost over 300,000 followers, bringing his total down to 53.1 million. Former president Barack Obama lost some two million followers, leaving him with 101 million.
Even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Twitter itself weren’t spared from the purge. Dorsey tweeted that he saw 200,000 of his four million followers vanish. Twitter’s own @twitter account saw millions of followers deleted.
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