Twitter has been putting it’s foot down when it comes to malicious activity. It has suspended millions of accounts this year and it looks like the company has stepped up its efforts in recent months. A new report claims that Twitter has suspended over 70 million accounts in just the past two months. I’d say they are serious.
The rate of Twitter account suspensions for May and June 2018 is double the company’s suspension rate for October 2017 in fact.
Twitter is fighting spam and malicious automation on its platform by developing machine learning tools that identify and take action on networks of spammy or automated accounts. In May of 2018, its systems identified and challenged over 9.9 million potentially spammy or automated accounts every week.
Naturally, this increased rate of account suspensions is going to result in a decline in Twitter’s usage numbers for the second quarter of this year, but one Twitter executive says that many of the accounts that were suspended rarely tweeted. That makes sense av=ctually.
So this would not impact Twitter’s active user count very much. We can only guess whether or not this has had any major impact on the numbers. We will know more when Twitter releases its official figures for the quarter.