Twitter users, brace yourselves for a big follower count dip in the near future. The popular social media platform has announced that it will be cracking down on suspicious accounts to fight spam and abuse. This means many accounts, including those of legitimate users, will no longer count toward one’s follower list.

In a statement released by Twitter, they explained that the accounts affected are all run by bots or have been inactive for an extended period of time. While this would mean an overall reduction in followers, Twitter claims having fewer but more engaged followers is ultimately better for its users. They also added that there will be new ways to bring transparency to conversations on the platform and that this move was taken with user safety in mind.


Elon Musk has announced that Twitter will be purging a lot of spam and scam accounts, leading to a decrease in the follower count for a number of prominent versions of the service.

Elon Musk reported that Twitter was purging a large number of junk spam accounts, so you might observe a drop in your follower count.

Elon Musk promised to send out several of his Twitter posts focusing on the removal of accounts and accounts that targeted scammers and spammers. The tycoon’s statements indicate that bots are a significant problem for Twitter. It is not clear if this would imply a reduction in overall bot presence on the platform.

The launch of a new Twitter “verified” system will be a day before the “purge” that occurs before the relaunch date. Elon Musk stated that the company would introduce a new subscription verification system with color-coded checkmarks. There will be a special golden checkmark that will be introduced for official company accounts.

Musk announced a permanent feature for the Blue checkmark, which will remain the same for individual accounts. However, verified entities will have the option to get a small logo to the left of an account holder’s name who is working with that brand.

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