Twitter has announced new plans to limit the amount of accounts that users can follow in one day to 400.

Previously, a Twitter account could follow up to 1,000 new accounts each day.

Predictably, this became a favourite tool of spammers and automated accounts which would repeatedly follow and unfollow the same account.

The bods at Twitter have cottoned on to this tactic and announced the new limit as a way of trying to bring it under control.

There’s a lot of spam on Twitter and this isn’t going to catch all of it (Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The automated following and unfollowing of Twitter accounts has even become a bit of a business. Firms can buy tools that will do it automatically in the hope of boosting their own follower numbers as many accounts will simply follow back without realising they’ve been targeted.

This latest change to Twitter follows the option of bookmarking tweets that was added in January.

To save a tweet for later, just click on the little menu icon in the bottom right and you’ll be given the option to bookmark.

Twitter is trying to cut down on spam (Getty Images)

Up until now, many Twitterers opted to use the ‘like’ button to save tweets for later, but CEO Jack Dorsey recently said the social network was planning to remove this button in a bid to improve the quality of debate.

However, it’s not clear people will opt to use the bookmarks just yet because it requires two button presses rather than one.

As ever, all most Twitter users really want is an edit button. No sign of that yet, though.


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