Pinterest is ridding its social network of fake, spammy, or suspicious accounts. In recent months, the company has created a dedicated team to detect and clear the site of spam. Now users will be able to see the results of Pinterest’s efforts, which may affect follower counts for some users.
Wrote Pinterest engineering manager Marty Weiner in a blog post:
Removing these accounts helps protect the integrity of Pinterest and helps ensure that followers are real people who are interested in what you share. It also means some of these spam followers may be removed from your follower counts. For more than 99% of accounts, it will be a loss of less than 10 followers. However, spammers tend to focus their attacks, and most of the bad accounts are following a relatively small number of legitimate accounts.
Weiner also reminded Pinterest users that they can still block and report other users if they see anything suspicious in the future.
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