Skip to content
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
The Twitter machine
The Twitter machine
Image: Daniel Law/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It’s not just you: Twitter admits ‘unfollowing bug’

Twitter acknowledged today that there is a bug which causes Twitter users to randomly unfollow people and said its team of engineers is working to fix it.
Mar 28th 2012, 9:14 PM 5,837 4

IT’S NOT YOU – it’s Twitter.

Twitter has acknowledged today what many users of the social media network had already noticed: a bug is causing some users to stop receiving updates from accounts they follow.

A Twitter spokesperson admitted the problem, saying: “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it”.

On its support page, Twitter is giving more details of the bug to users and says that it is mainly affecting accounts which users may have started following just recently.

Twitter has advised people to go to tweeters’ profile pages to check whether they are still following them are not. The site has not yet given an indication of how long it will take to fix the problem.

A social media analyst at Techcrunch criticised Twitter for the ‘haphazard unfollowing’ and questioned its effect on business, personal and casual relationships.

Many Twitter users had complained about the ongoing random unfollowing problem but today was the first time Twitter had officially acknowledged it.

Watch: celebrities read nasty tweets about themselves >

Barack Obama has joined Pinterest (and posted the Obama family chilli recipe) >

Send a tip to the author

Christine Bohan


    Back to top