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Twitter moves to delete fake followers from users’ accounts



Twitter will on Thursday start a major operation to delete accounts of fake followers, its president in charge of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde has announced.

Vijaya Gadde said in a statement that the clean-up will affect accounts that were frozen over the years for
suspicious behaviour.

“This week, we’ll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down,” she wrote.

The measure is reportedly aimed at users who have inflated their followerships by paying for automated accounts to fake social media influence.

Twitter planned to begin deleting tens of millions of accounts starting Thursday, slashing the total fellowship by six per cent.