July 13, 2018
Twitter’s having a rough time.
Lots of pressure.
They decided to delete a bunch of accounts they claimed were fake. It’s unclear why fake accounts were allowed to exist at all.
Former President Barack Obama lost more than 2 million Twitter followers on Thursday as the social-networking platform launched a new crackdown on fake accounts, according to a preliminary analysis from The Daily Beast.
At press time, the Twitter purge had cost Obama 2,346,119 followers, or more than two percent of his audience on the site. With more than 101 million remaining followers, Obama remains the third most-followed person on the site, a few million followers behind singers Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
Other major political accounts were also hit by the purge, with President Trump losing 325,038 followers so far, a 0.7-percent decrease. As the first day of the Twitter purge wrapped up, Trump had more than 53 million followers left.
Twitter announced Wednesday that it would start deleting accounts that had been locked on suspicion of being hacked or used for spam. The accounts were already unable to post to the site, but after they’re deleted they’ll no longer appear in follower accounts, which are seen as indicative of influence or prestige on Twitter.
I assume a bunch of real accounts were deleted along with the fake accounts. One would just assume they would use this as an excuse to purge right-wing accounts.
That of course won’t be reported on by any media, so we’ll have to rely on anecdotal evidence from users, which will probably be compiled by alternative media. I’m pretty out of the loop on Twitter, as I was banned in 2015. So we’ll have to wait for reports.