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Twitter Is Getting Ready to Remove Locked Accounts From Follower Totals

July 11, 2018 / Marty Swant

Twitter users who pride themselves on having a high follower count might soon have their egos slightly bruised. The company is getting ready to remove accounts that have been locked over the years, a move Twitter hopes will ensure users know how many real people follow them. The changes were announced in a blog post today. So what exactly triggers Twitter to consider locking an account? Twitter notices “sudden changes in account behavior” and only locks an account after getting in touch with the user to try to determine whether they still have control of their account. Examples of sudden changes include tweeting large volumes of unsolicited replies or mentions, tweeting misleading links or being blocked by a large number of users after being mentioned.