The move is trying to battle the issue of social media fraud head-on. Some users boost the number of followers on the platform, and other services fed by Twitter, with either automated or fake accounts. The fake number of followers then influence others when it comes to politics, business and entertainment, the Times reported.
While the move will impact tens of millions locked accounts, it will only account for 6 percent of accounts overall, Wired reported.
Recently, Twitter has been locking about a million accounts a day, a Washington Post investigation uncovered.
In May and June, the company suspended about 70 million accounts and officials expect to keep that same pace for July, the Post reported.
While the shock of numbers going down may hit users now, Twitter officials say that the adjustments to follower counts will level out as they continue to work on identifying and challenging "problematic accounts."
If your Twitter account has been locked, you can follow these steps to get it reinstated.