You Can Now Follow Only 400 Accounts Per Day on Twitter

first_img Twitter is limiting the number of accounts users can follow each day.In an attempt to curb spam and combat bots, the social media giant on Monday announced a hefty reduction of its daily follow rate limit: from 1,000 to just 400.“Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine,” Twitter Safety promised. 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“As part of our commitment to building a healthy service, we remain focused on stopping spam and abuse on Twitter,” a company spokesman said in a statement emailed to Geek. “We found that having a high daily follow rate contributed to follower churn.”That is, the mass following and subsequent unfollowing of accounts, in an effort to inflate one’s own list of patrons.Twitter rules also prohibit indiscriminate following (particularly by automated means), duplicating another account’s followers (particularly using automation), and using or promoting third-party services that claim to add followers.While it’s doubtful that a real, live human being—with completely altruistic intentions—could even find 400 new accounts within 24 hours, it’s not impossible.More likely, though, bots and spammers will just have to manage with fewer numbers. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on target It took me ~7 years to follow 400 people lmao— Steven | ZeRoyalViking (@ZeRoyalViking) April 8, 2019This isn’t Twitter’s first attempt at cracking down on hateful conduct and abusive behavior. In 2017, the firm announced new policies aimed at reducing violence and physical harm by social media users.Specific threats toward (and wishing for serious injury, disease, or death of) individuals or groups already violated the company code. But additional changes helped broaden the scope.The firm also revealed plans to supplement user reports with internal tools that can help identify violating accounts.Unfortunately for many users, that’s not enough.A late-2018 Amnesty International study suggests female journalists and politicians are verbally abused on Twitter every 30 seconds.More on Twitter Camera Makes Capturing Breaking News EasierChrome Extension Turns Political Tweets Into Official Messages to CongressThis KonMari-Inspired Twitter Unfollow Tool Sparks Joy in Melast_img