On Monday, Justin Bieber's Twitter followers dropped to zero. That's right, one minute the 16-year-old pop star boasted over 2 million followers on the social media site, and in the next he had none.
"So I woke up here in L.A. and Twitter has been hacked. Turns out I am no longer popular," Justin joked in a tweet.
Actually, everyone's popularity has plummeted. According to Twitter, a bug infiltrated the site and was forcing other users to follow a particular account. As a result, every user's following counts were reset to zero, and the follow/unfollow function has been disabled.
At 10:18 a.m. PT, Twitter said: "We identified and resolved a bug that permitted a user to "force" other users to follow them. We're now working to rollback all abuse of the bug that took place. Follower/following numbers are currently at 0; we're aware and this too should shortly be resolved."
Twitter also stated that protected updates were not made public, so users with private accounts need not worry. Hackers, on the other hand, should be shaking in their boots. "Hackers I send a warning," Justin tweeted. "U have now p***** off over 2 million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals."
Agreed, JB. Twitter is still working on restoring follower numbers. Until then, users can still send and receive tweets as normal.
Update: Twitter follower and following numbers have been restored. Phew!