Nel shows that more than 875,000 users had their Twitter accounts disabled between October 27 and November 1, and another half a million users were disabled.
Since Elon Musk confirmed his successful acquisition of Twitter on October 27, many users have threatened to leave the social network. If threats in the past were often “empty” threats, now it seems to be a reality.
Sentinel bots specifically analyze over 3.1 million Twitter accounts and their activity daily. The company believes about 875,000 accounts were disabled and 497,000 suspended between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1.
The company calculated the percentage of users whose analytics accounts were disabled or suspended following Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, and then applied that percentage to the total number of Twitter users. Currently, Twitter has about 237 million daily users.
Between October 27 and November 1, Sentinet Bot noticed that 11,535 accounts it tracked were disabled. About 6,824 accounts have been suspended. Twitter will suspend accounts if they are found to be inactive, inaccurate, or in violation of policies. It accounts for about 0.59% of the accounts monitored by Sentinet Bot.
In the week before Musk bought Twitter, only 5,958 accounts were disabled or suspended. Therefore, the difference is 208%.
According to founder Christopher Bouzy, the increase in the number of disabled accounts is the result of people unhappy with Musk owning Twitter and deciding to do so in protest. Manoel Ribeiro — a Swiss academic specializing in Internet “niche” communities — agrees. Twitter users appear to be turning to other platforms, such as Mastodon.
Still, according to Bouzy, the number of suspended accounts has increased, in part because some users on the social network “tried” Musk’s hate speech. Another analysis by research firm Network Contagion found that the number of slang and obscene words on Twitter increased by nearly 500% in the 12 hours after Musk announced the deal.
For Savvas Zanettou, assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, this is the first sign of a bigger problem awaiting Twitter. He believes that once Twitter makes the change, the “blue bird” will fly on a large scale.