Twitter makes a change in an effort to slow down spammers

Twitter just lowered the number of accounts users can follow per day

Twitter just lowered the number of accounts users can follow per day

According to a report by TechCrunch, Twitter is also limiting the number of accounts that can be followed by a user in a day. The change isn't meant to impact you or any other legit Twitter user. "Who does that? Spammers".

Previously, users could follow up to 1,000 accounts in a single day but with this new measure in place, users have been restricted to only 400 follows - which still allows for more following than the average human user is likely to do in a 24 hour period.

The change may have some level of impact on brands that use the service, but the limitation isn't severe.

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This move follows a related attempt to cut back follow-based spam - the idea that you can grow your follower count by rapidly following thousands of accounts with the hope that they then in turn follow you back - by Twitter earlier this year. The company didn't go into details on why it chose 400 as the number to settle on - perhaps it will still meet the needs of the service's larger users while addressing the spam problem. These accounts often use the names and images of real people to appear authentic. As stated in a June 2018 blog post, Twitter is working hard and investing heavily in proactive detection of spam accounts, but it's an uphill battle. Those that don't will soon be unfollowed by the spammers.

Despite that Sisyphean effort, fake accounts and spam continue to pop up hydra-like across the platform, determined to manipulate Twitter for their own undoubtedly nefarious purposes (read: sell you shady products, influence an election, and/or steal your credit card number).

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