Quitter group Twitter account still showing clear signs of follower-management – in breach of Twitter rules
Last week, the SKWAWKBOX exposed the bizarre pattern in the number of followers of the ‘TIG’ MPs’ Twitter account – in which the number of new fake accounts following the group exactly matched the number of real accounts that had ceased following.
The pattern appeared to suggest that someone is managing the quitter group’s following by buying in or manufacturing fake accounts, in order to mask falling public interest in the quitters’ venture.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted the ‘Independent Group’ press contact for comment – but the pattern has continued unchecked:
In one period of just thirteen hours, the account lost 1,754 real followers – and gained 1,754 fakes.
It seems someone is working hard to make sure that losses in the quitter group’s following are not apparent to public view. However, rigging of follower accounts is directly in contravention of a strict prohibition included in Twitter’s rules:
Exposure of this practice is seriously damaging to whatever credibility the quitters have or had – and says little for their organisation that they didn’t pass on the message to whomever is carrying out these changes, when the SKWAWKBOX sent in an enquiry about it last week.
But it could also result in the account being permanently deleted by the social media platform if Twitter becomes aware of it.
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