Twitter continues to try and tackle spammers and bots on its platform by drastically cutting the number of accounts users can follow in the space of one day.
People who use Twitter tend to approach it in a number of different ways. Some of us don't care about how many followers we have and simply use the platform for news and to keep up with the lives of celebrities. Others do care about follower count and want as many people as possible to read what they have to say.
There are certain ways in which to go about that. The easiest is to be famous. Since most of us don't have that privilege, we are forced to be interesting or funny and hope that brings eyes to our timelines. Then there is option number three. Follow as many accounts as you can and hope that a chunk of that accounts follow back.
The trouble is, that kind of defeats the point, doesn't it? The whole premise of Twitter should be to follow people whose content you enjoy, not just those who follow you. That tactic is also one employed by spammers and bots in order to get their message out there. That's why Twitter bosses have taken drastic action in order to try and fight this, reports Engadget.
Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 8, 2019
The platform's latest step in the battle against the bots is to cut the number of accounts a user can follow in a single day. Up until recently, that number was 1000. However, as of this week, it has been cut to just 400. A Twitter spokesperson explained that this move has been made to try and counteract "follower churn." Follower churn is the process of following and then unfollowing accounts numerous times in order to get their attention.
While cutting the number of accounts Twitter users can follow during a 24 hour period by more than half may seem drastic, it makes a lot of sense. Honestly, if you are following as many as 400 accounts in a single day, we would suspect that you're up to something suspicious. That limit is still far higher than it truly needs to be in our opinion, so it was a step worth taking for Twitter.