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Twitter sweeps 'locked' accounts from follower tally

July 11, 2018 / AFP

Twitter said Wednesday users are likely to see "follower" numbers drop as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts. The social network said it would make the change by removing from followers any accounts which have been "locked" after sudden changes in behavior, which may signal the people who opened them may no longer be in control. "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally," Twitter said in a blog post. "As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down." The San Francisco-based service said it reaches out to owners of locked accounts to confirm all is well and have them reset passwords.