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Update | User metrics won’t be affected by the malicious account purge: Twitter CFO

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Update (10th July 2018 4:00 pm): Twitter CFO Ned Segal has clarified that most accounts affected by its clean-up will not be included in its metrics. In a tweet, Segal explained that most of the suspended accounts were less than 30 days old or caught at sign up and therefore never counted. He added “If we removed 70M accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. This article reflects us getting better at improving the health of the service.” Therefore our original speculation that this could affect 20% of Twitter's total user base stands corrected. Original story follows (9th July 2018 3:00 pm): Twitter has suspended over 70 million accounts in the past two months as part of its crackdown on suspicious activity and fake users on the platform. The development which was first reported by the Washington Post is part of Twitter's aggressive effort to lessen the flow of disinformation on the social platform. In its earnings results for Q1 2018, Twitter had announced that it had 336 million monthly active users (MAUs), therefore the 70 million accounts that have been purged may represent up to 20% of Twitter's userbase. Twitter's failure to curb the influence of accounts which are abusive or peddle fake information has primarily been the product of the company's disinterest in policing content on the platform, but that may be changing. According to the WaPo report, the company’s Vice President for Trust and Safety Del Harvey has said the company is changing the calculus between…

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