Twitter cracks down on ‘fake’ followers
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.