Followers count not corrected for fakers


There are some cases where the followers/ids API endpoint returns me a number of followers much lower than the followers_count metadata.


  • followers/ids returns 20K followers, whereas
  • twitter profile medatada show 80K followers.

One of the users in question has admitted to me that he purchased fake followers, he may have tried other tricks.

Cache does not seem to be the explanation, because the situation persists Months later.