According to Bot Sentinel, a company that tracks the of behaviour of more than 3.1 million Twitter accounts every day, Twitter might have lost more than 1.3 million users since Elon Musk took over the company. Bot Sentinel believes that around 877,000 accounts had been deactivated and a further 497,000 were suspended from October 27, 2022 and November 1, 2022.
Christopher Bouzy, founder of Bot Sentinel, said that they have observed an increase in the number of people deactivating their accounts, and Twitter is also suspending accounts. Bot Sentinel calculated the numbers by looking at the proportion of users the company had analyse, who had deactivated their accounts and been suspended after Elon Musk took over the company.
Bot Sentinel has found that 11,535 accounts, which were being monitored, had been deactivated, and in addition, 6,824 accounts had been suspended. This happens when Twitter removes accounts for reasons including inauthenticity, violation of site rules, and inactivity.
Christopher Bouzy added that they believe the increase in deactivations is a result of people who are upset with Elon Musk purchasing the company, and deciding to deactivate the accounts in protest. In the week before Elon Musk purchased Twitter, 5,958 accounts on Twitter were suspended or deactivated, and the company suggested that there would be a more than 200 percent increase in account losses in the days after the purchase of Twitter.