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Prepare Yourself: You’re Going to Lose Some of Your Twitter followers

In a tweet, Twitter CFO Ned Segal refuted the report, saying it will not affect the number of Twitter's users which currently stands at 330 million

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Twitter has announced it will remove locked accounts — which are disabled owing to suspicious activity — from follower counts across profiles globally in the coming days resulting in some users seeing a drop in their base of followers.

If you lose some followers, do not fret as most people will see a change of four followers or fewer.

“Others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation,” Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Head, said in a blog post late on Wednesday.

The locked accounts are different from spam or bots and in most cases, these accounts were created by real people.

Twitter spots such accounts once there is a sudden changes in account behaviour — including tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions, tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them.

“We sometimes lock an account if we see email and password combinations from other services posted online and believe that information could put the security of an account at risk — so we require accounts to change their passwords for protection,” Gadde mentioned.

“Until we confirm that everything is ok with the account, we lock it, which makes them unable to Tweet or see ads,” he added.

Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July.
Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July. Pixabay

Twitter said your follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of its ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.

The new announcement came after The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Twitter has been suspending as many as one million questionable accounts per day in recent months and the move will lead to decline in the numbers of its monthly active users.

Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July.

In a tweet, Twitter CFO Ned Segal refuted the report, saying it will not affect the number of Twitter’s users which currently stands at 330 million.

“Some clarifications: most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted,” Segal said.

Also Read: Twitter Says Removal Of Fake Accounts Does Not Hurt User Metrics

“If we removed 70 million accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. Look forward to talking more on our earnings call July 27!” Segal said in another tweet.

But the confirmation of removal of fake accounts, even if not from the reported metrics, resulted in Twitter’s shares falling nearly nine per cent, erasing $3.1 billion in market value earlier this week. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter to Expand its Political Ads Policy in India

Twitter policy on political ad transparency to begin in India from March 11

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Twitter on Monday announced to expand its political ads policy and transparency approach to include India, all European Union member states and Australia that will be operational from March 11.

Facing the heat in India over the presence of political bias on its platform, Twitter said that from March 11, only certified advertisers will be allowed to run political campaign ads on its service in India.

“Political advertisers must apply now for certification and go through every step of the process,” the micro-blogging platform said in a blog post.

“This is part of our overall commitment to protect the health of the public conversation on our service and to provide meaningful context around all political entities who use our advertising products,” Twitter added.

The company said it would continue to build the operational and tooling support to expand its political advertising policies to other key markets throughout 2019.

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Finding itself in the midst of a controversy for not sending its CEO to appear before a parliamentary panel earlier this month, the microblogging site has said that it is “working hard” to expand its team and resources to help tackle the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Twitter was earlier accused by the government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

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The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) wants to question the Twitter CEO over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.

The committee has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it on February 25 but a confirmation is yet to come from the company. (IANS)