Some Twitter users may be confused as to why they are following people they never chose to follow. This annoyance is thanks to a new Twitter bug just discovered that allows a Twitter user to control who follows them, without the consent of those users. In addition, some users’ following and followers listings have been deleted and stand at zero. Twitter said in a statement that “follow/unfollow is temporarily offline while we fix a bug.” Also, Twitter wrote on its blog that “we identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to “force” other users to follow them. We’re now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we’re aware and this too should shortly be resolved.”
The way the bug works is by typing “[tweet] accept [username].” Then that username will automatically start following whoever wrote it and will not be notified of the change. Twitter is currently working on this problem.
Even authentic, certified accounts for celebrities are not immune. Conan O’Brien, who is known for following just one person, now follows 194 usernames. Although slightly humorous, Twitter is a very influential medium and this irritating bug has at least temporarily lessened its impact.