The originating post is total speculation.

If you think that bulk unfollowing is the sole culprit to suspensions,
then you're not following Twitter closely enough.  It takes two to
tango.  In this case, churn can correctly be described as the process
of blind bulk/auto following and blind bulk/auto unfollowing.

That bulk/auto following has a distinct hard-limit in the follow limit
should not lead you to believe that you can willy-nilly follow up to
that limit, or that unfollowing is somehow the culprit in any

Indeed: compare these two scenarios: "return follow" applications that
blindly return follow any user who follows them (be they spammer or
legitimate), versus applications that weed out (and unfollow) spammers
who tweet specific words that that user has indicated he finds
offensive (or spam).  Clearly, the former is more "churning" than the

That said, much like the original post, this is also speculation.

On Jul 25, 6:50 am, Dewald Pretorius <> wrote:
> Re: "as well as following and unfollowing those who don't follow back"
> I think we all know what Twitter means with this. They are protecting
> against the practice of building afollowerlist by following a bunch
> of people, waiting to see who follows back, then bulk unfollow those
> who did not follow back, to make "room" so that you can follow more,
> and repeat the process.
> All I wanted to say with my original post, was that apps that do bulk
> unfollow are at risk or are putting their users' Twitter accounts at
> risk, because they are enabling those Twitter accounts to do
> "followingchurn". At the very least you need to warn your users that
> such action is putting their accounts at risk.
> And Twitter should add this to their Twitter Rules so that more users
> can become aware of it. There are "gurus" out there who are charging
> ignorant folks for ebooks and advice that teach them to do exactly
> this, namely followingchurn. And those folks don't know better
> because right now those rules (terms) are not very clearly spelled out
> in the place where most people would look for them.

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