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Twitter Accounts Across the World Mysteriously Losing Followers

Published: 25/May/2018 19:34 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Calum Patterson

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If you logged into Twitter on May 25th and saw a sudden unexpected drop in followers, you were not the only one, as some popular accounts have lost hundreds of thousands mysteriously overnight.

Fluctuations in follower counts aren’t necessarily uncommon – with Twitter often clearing up bot accounts, accounts reported for spam or breaking the user agreement – but this is one of the more significant and mysterious irregularities.

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According to social media statistics tracking website SocialBlade, almost every active verified Twitter account took a hit, with many large accounts losing over 100,000 in single day.

The mass unfollowing occurred simultaneously across accounts on Friday May 25th, and as of right now it is entirely unexplained.

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The largest dip found so far is on Justin Biebers account – the second most followed on Twitter, which lost over 160,000 followers on May 25th.

Similarly, the number one followed account is singer Katy Perry, who lost just over 110,000.

Other big names and smaller accounts too lost thousands of followers, examples of which you can see below – all data coming from SocialBlade.

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Justin Bieber – Down 161,967

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Katy Perry – Down 118,333

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Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo – Down 73,735

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Former US President Barack Obama – Down 48,167

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And it wasn’t just the A listers, but also members of the gaming community such as YouTuber PewDiePie (down 70,095) and Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins (down 8,820), so it seems to be across the board.

Even Twitter’s own account (@Twitter) dropped by 38,668, and YouTube’s official account by 68,000 flat.

Twitter’s own official Twitter account dropped by nearly 40,000 followers.
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The most likely cause is Twitter doing a clear out of bot or inactive accounts, responding to spam reports en masse. 

It is also possible that they are removing accounts which they have evidence to suggest do not comply with the rules of eligibility, such as people under the age 13 years old, which Twitter do not allow.

If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account.

However, neither Twitter nor TwitterSupport have released any public information or reasoning for the massive follower decrease on accounts.

And as a final note, Dexerto’s own accounts (@Dexerto, @DexertoIntel and @DexertoLive) also took a hit, so make sure you are still following – just in case.

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StreamElements supports underrepresented streamers with Creator Diversity Fund

Published: 2/Sep/2020 17:38 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 9:32

by Calum Patterson

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StreamElements has announced the 20 recipients of its $100,000 Creator Diversity fund, providing creators of underrepresented groups on Twitch with professional livestreaming services.

These streamers are up-and-coming broadcasters who are fighting for their place in the uber-competitive landscape of livestreaming, and who face even harsher competition because of their protected characteristics.

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The Creator Diversity Fund will provide them “a wide range of support from StreamElements which includes graphics, production, and mentorship.”

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StreamElements provides tools and services to livestreamers.

Additionally, SteelSeries is onboard to provide all recipients with Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headsets.

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StreamElements said they were inspired to start the fund, due to an acknowledgment that these creators, in underrepresented groups, face extra challenges in the livestreaming space.

StreamElements Creator Diversity Fund Recipients

The creators were selected due to the type of content they were producing, their dedication to livestreaming, and their own insights provided when they applied.

The fund hopes to be “a way to help elevate their presence and voice in an ecosystem where discovery and access to information is an issue.”

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Marc, who goes by Teknikalx on Twitch, told us “I applied for the fund because I thought it would be beneficial for my channel to receive additional support to give the channel a more professional look vs what I have now. Also to bring to light that programs like this exist and if a channel such as mine can receive support in this manner, other channels can too.”

Teknikalx boasts over 5,000 followers on Twitch, but says that having the support of StreamElements ‘Dream Team’ will “give a boost to my channel in the extra visibility to my content. I truly believe that the access to doors that would otherwise be closed will open, with their support to show that my content is worth not only checking out but supporting.”

Fellow streamer StreetGrind, who streams everything from Fall Guys to Horizon Zero Dawn, said the support from the Creator Diversity fund will take his “content and brand to the next level in overall aesthetics as well as consistency.”

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StreetGrind, one of the recipients of the Creator Diversity Fund, aims to take his content and brand to the “next level.”

“I’m hoping to use this support to increase my discoverability on who I am and what my brand is about. Improving every day one step at a time and helping others along the way,” he explained. “We stand stronger together instead of individually.”

Another recipient, GoofyWise, similarly hopes the support will push his stream further and provide a better viewing experience. “Opportunities like these are rare especially those targeted to people who look like me.”

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“I plan to use this opportunity to take my channel to the next level by giving my stream an increased level of professionalism that will attract viewers from all around,” he told Dexerto. “Not to mention the added confidence boost from having a higher quality look and feel. Look good, feel good!”

The support will include guidance on growing their brand, securing sponsorships, merchandising, and all other facets of growing and maintaining an audience.

StreamElements is one of the leading third-party services used by countless streamers to manage their donations, overlays, alerts and more while they are broadcasting.

“Livestreaming is not an easy profession and it can be even more daunting for members of underrepresented groups,” said Doron Nir, CEO, StreamElements. “With the Creator Diversity Fund, our goal is to provide those invaluable industry insights on top of improving all aspects of their channels.”

Each of the 20 recipients will have an “account manager”, with 24/7 assistance, and provided a selection of “in-game overlays, alerts, emotes, transitions, sub badges, headers, tipping pages, info panels, and logos,” customized for their channel.