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10 Apr 2019

Twitter cuts down number of accounts you can follow daily

Twitter limits number of accounts you can follow

In a bid to curb malicious activity, Twitter has slashed the number of accounts you can follow on a daily basis.

The restriction, as the microblogging platform hopes, will keep people from mass following then unfollowing other users of the service - a commonly used trick by spammers to increase their followers count.

Here's everything about the latest restrictions from Twitter.

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Twitter limits number of accounts you can follow
Follow 400 users on a daily basis, not 1,000

New restriction

Follow 400 users on a daily basis, not 1,000

Originally, Twitter had supported 1,000 follows per day, something that gave spammers an opportunity to follow accounts in bulk.

They employed automated tools and services to mass follow users, some of whom followed back out of courtesy.

But now, the platform has tackled the "following and follow churn" on an API level by slashing the maximum number of accounts you can follow to 400.

Here is Twitter's announcement

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Question

Is 400 daily follows enough to make a change?

While this is a major change, many have raised questions over Twitter's preferences because 400 follows/day is still a lot and regular use won't need it.

A Twitter spokesperson, however, defended the move, telling TechCrunch that "we looked at follow behavior at various thresholds, and selected 400 as a reasonable limit that stopped most spam while not affecting legitimate users".

Follow, unfollow churn has long been a problem for Twitter

Previous attempts

Follow, unfollow churn has long been a problem for Twitter

Initially, people used to follow/unfollow accounts manually, but then, spammers created tools to automate the process.

Many companies started offering 'follower' services with these tools, charging a certain fee for following/unfollowing accounts in bulk and increasing the follower count of their customers.

This "bulk, aggressive or indiscriminate" practice has grown to be a major problem for Twitter.

Action

However, the company has been proactively tackling the issue

Over the last few months, Twitter has taken several steps against spammers and their tools.

Last year, the company had removed followers from accounts engaged in illegal activity and introduced tools to report cases of spam.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, the company blocked the API access for several apps that were engaged in the follow/unfollow business.

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Most asked questions

Is there a way to bypass this limit?

Can spam still occur with 400 follow limt?

Are there any other tools to gain followers?

Is it legal to use these tools to gain followers?

More questions

Is there a way to bypass this limit?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:56:57 by Rakesh Chatterjee

Answered by NewsBytes

No, as of now, there's no way to bypass this limit.

Can spam still occur with 400 follow limt?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:56:57 by Navya Sharma

Answered by NewsBytes

It can but Twitter says it's the appropriate limit to control spam while giving sufficient room to legit users.

Are there any other tools to gain followers?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:56:57 by Charvi Gavde

Answered by NewsBytes

There are but it is a violation of Twitter's policies.

Is it legal to use these tools to gain followers?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:56:57 by Vibhore Patel

Answered by NewsBytes

No, it would be a violation of Twitter's policies and could get your account banned.

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