Twitter is making me follow random people. After two days of unfollowing them I get another dozens of people in my follow list. Did my account get hacked or something?

  • Not hacked and it still happens. Twitter has a problem
    – user56327
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 21:59
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    I'm also not hacked (after changing my password and revoking all the app access), and having this same problem. My account starts following random people, sometimes one or two a day.
    – Craig Otis
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 21:33

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It seems the possibility you have been hacked is quite high. As the Twitter Help Center Page states, here are some common things that happen when you are hacked:

  • Noticed unexpected Tweets by your account
  • Seen unintended direct messages (DMs) sent from your account
  • Observed other account behaviors you didn't make or approve (like following, unfollowing, or blocking)
  • Received a notification from us stating that "You recently changed the email address associated with your Twitter account." (even though you haven't changed your email address)


The Twitter Support page states that you should perform the following steps to remedy the issue:

  1. Change your password

    Please change your password immediately from the Password tab in settings. Please select a strong password you haven't used before. If you can't log in to your account, please see this troubleshooting page.

  2. Revoke connections to third-party applications

    While logged in, visit Apps in your settings. Revoke access for any third-party application that you don't recognize.

  3. Update your password in your trusted third-party applications

    If a trusted external application uses your Twitter password, be sure to update your password in that application. Otherwise, you may be temporarily locked out of your account due to failed login attempts.

    Your account should now be secure, and you shouldn't see the unexpected account behaviors moving forward. If you're still experiencing issues, please file a Support request for assistance.


Along with doing this I suggest scanning your computer for malware using a program such as Malwarebytes.

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