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Thanks for the mention. Yes, a “disallow follow” feature would be interesting. If we had that ability, the thing to do would be to post a story tagging every suspected bot, asking them to at least recommend the story to verify that they’re real, kind of like a CAPTCHA thing after the fact. But of course there would be no point until there’s a way to boot the bots…

I had another icky thought on this the other day. You see those ads on Twitter all the time saying “Buy 10,000 followers for just $50!” or similar. Of course all 10,000 are bot fake accounts, but having “10,000 followers” attached to your icon makes you look like a big deal social media player… How sad, that may be next for Medium. Look like a real writer! Buy 10,000 readers! Egad…

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