Jul 13, 2018

Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "Locked" accounts. 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. The head of the company's legal team, Vijaya Gadde, said that most accounts would only lose around four followers as a result of the new measures. In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

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