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Twitter Followers Vanish Amid Inquiries Into Fake Accounts


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At least 65,000 fake followers were bought for Martha Lane Fox, a Twitter board member. Ms. Lane Fox blamed purchases on a rogue employee.

Credit: @marthalanefox's followers

More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.

From The New York Times
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