Twitter’s president in charge of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde says the social media service will delete accounts of fake followers.

The clean-up will affect accounts that were frozen over the years for suspicious behavior.

Twitter will remove locked accounts across global profiles and as a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

Twitter plans to begin deleting tens of millions of accounts starting Thursday,July 12, 2018, slashing the total follower counts by six per cent. The measure is reportedly aimed at users who have inflated their followers by paying for automated accounts to fake social media influence.