Twitter Inc said on Monday that weeding out fake accounts from its micro-blogging site will not hurt its reported user metrics as suggested by a Washington Post report. Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July, The Washington Post had reported.
“Most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted,” Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal tweeted on Monday.
“If we removed 70 million accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. This article reflects us getting better at improving the health of the service. Look forward to talking more on our earnings call July 27!” Segal said in another tweet.
According to the report in The Washington Post on July 6, the rate of account suspensions at Twitter has more than doubled since October when the micro-blogging platform revealed to US Congress how the Russians used fake accounts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.
Removing accounts could lead to a drop in the number of monthly active users (MAUs) in the second quarter, claimed the report.