Your Follower Count is about to Drop - Twitter to Remove Locked Accounts from Follower Lists

Follower counts on social media platforms carry significant weight in current times, with people managing to build entire careers based off the number of people watching their accounts. These individuals often become influencers and advertisers, which makes it highly important for both the consumer and commissioning company that such figures are actually accurate.

Twitter seem to share this concern and wider desire for increased transparency, as they recently announced plans to remove locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

Accounts become locked when Twitter detect sudden changes in account behaviour, at which time they reach out to the owners of the accounts in question. If the account owner is unable to validate the account and reset their passwords for whatever reason the account remains locked, and obviously serves no purpose for those they follow from this point forward.

As for how many followers an individual user can expect to lose, Twitter asserts, “Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation.”

While this move will undoubtedly prove frustrating for some who perhaps didn’t realise just how many locked or inactive accounts were on their follower lists, it is a necessary step if Twitter is to become the transparent, safe and reliable hub it is envisioned to be.

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