If you follow Twitter, you’ll have noticed many accounts that have been losing followers in the last several days. Late last week Twitter issued this statement to explain things, at least in part:
To clear up confusion about fluctuations in follower counts:
In order to prevent spam, we regularly challenge accounts to confirm details like email and phone number. Until that info is confirmed, these accounts aren’t included in follower counts. https://t.co/8BYcBCmxxA
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) January 9, 2021
Reporters from Bloomberg and NBC News have added to Twitter’s explanation for lost followers by sharing part of their latest statement:
NEW: Twitter has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" since Friday that were "engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to [its] propagation."
This explains prominent Republicans losing followers en masse.https://t.co/oUsZZrDpbS
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 12, 2021
Twitter announces it deleted *70,000* accounts that were primarily sharing QAnon content at scale.
If you've lost a lot of followers, it might just be you had a lot of Q-ers in your midst.
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) January 12, 2021
It’s been noticed that many questionable accounts still, nevertheless, remain active:
But keeping accounts for actual dictators is absolutely fine https://t.co/XF8RHmA8kS
— Mike Graham 🇬🇧 (@Iromg) January 12, 2021
Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and CCP accounts that are still active agree wholeheartedly.
So when will Antifa be suspended? https://t.co/Vibl3Pcka7
— Taxpayer1234 (Parler: taxpayer4) (@Taxpayers1234) January 12, 2021
Also, accounts that have called into question the integrity of elections are still acceptable and don’t even require a “disputed claim” tag, provided they’re from prominent Democrats:
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2017