Twit­ter cracks down on ‘fake’ fol­low­ers

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

Los An­ge­les: Some of the world’s big­gest celebri­ties have lost mil­lions of Twit­ter fol­low­ers af­ter the com­pany cracked down on “locked” ac­counts. US singer Katy Perry, the most-fol­lowed user on

Twit­ter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers. Barack Obama went down 2.1 mil­lion.

Twit­ter said it had taken the de­ci­sion due to its “on­go­ing and global ef­fort to build trust”. It fol­lows re­newed scru­tiny over fake news and users on so­cial me­dia.

The new mea­sures mean that any user whose ac­count is locked for un­usual ac­tiv­ity - such as be­ing blocked or send­ing un­usual vol­umes of Tweets - and who did not re­spond to a prompt to ver­ify their iden­tity would be ex­cluded from Twit­ter fol­lower counts.

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