Twitter removes suspended and abusive accounts from follower counts

Most popular users appear to lose millions of followers in crackdown on problem accounts

Egos have been bruised on Twitter after the social network initiated a change to how it tracks followers that saw some of the most popular users lose millions from their count.

Following the change on Friday, which removes from the count accounts that have been suspended or locked by Twitter for abuse, some of the most popular users had hundreds of thousands, or millions, fewer followers than they had a day before.

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