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Twitter bug shows blocked or already followed accounts in ‘Who to follow’ section

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Twitter shows blocked, muted, and already followed accounts in the ‘Who to follow’ section. Users are annoyed with the glitch, saying the Twitter algorithm is broken.

Twitter users report algorithms bug as they see blocked accounts under ‘Who to follow’

Twitter is showing strange suggestions for multiple users. People report that the algorithm of ‘Who to follow’ section is showing muted and blocked accounts. 

Hey just an idea maybe make it so the ‘who to follow’ section can’t suggest you to follow people you have blocked just in case maybe I didn’t want to see them @TwitterSupport,” a user posted. 

“Why is Twitter suggesting someone who I’ve blocked and who has blocked me in the ‘Who to follow list’? Get this suggestion off my account!” another user tweeted. 

It does not make sense for Twitter to show blocked or muted accounts in the ‘Who to follow’ category. This is because users usually mute or block some accounts for various reasons. Users are quite angry to see the accounts they restricted in their follow suggestions.

“Maybe if I have someone blocked, don’t show them under “Who to follow”, no I do not want to follow a right wing transphobe,’ an annoyed user tweeted.

Additionally, the Twitter algorithm is also recommending accounts a user already follows. People say the purpose of the section is lost because it is absurd to see existing followers under recommendations. 

“Another bug in the iOS Twitter application: “Who to follow” suggests to me people I am already following,” a user posted. 

Official acknowledgment of Twitter

Twitter’s team has taken notice of the ‘Who to follow’ shows blocked, muted or already followed accounts issue. The company is also working towards fixing the bug.

“TIL that the “Who to follow” section on Twitter does not filter out accounts you’ve blocked*, making it very easy to accidentally follow them with a single tap. That’s a clear design flaw. Please fix, I’ve not blocked anyone in this screenshot,” a user posted.

Twitter responded to their tweet promptly. “Sorry for the frustration. We’ll pass this along to the team and follow up if we need more info.”


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