Nick Clegg has been busy following and unfollowing people on Twitter in recent days – but his team have blamed a "glitch" with his account.
Lots of people were baffled – and a fair few were delighted – when the former deputy prime minister started following them in the past week.
But they were a bit insulted to be unfollowed by him just a day or two later. The strange practice sparked suggestions that Clegg was simply trying to boost his numbers by hoping people would follow him back.
Clegg's team strongly denied any dodgy tactics and instead blamed a problem with the account.
They pointed out that he had only followed people that already followed him – proving that he wasn't using a Twitter bot to boost his followers.
"It is not a ruse to boost his follower count," Clegg's spokesman told BuzzFeed News. "It is some kind of glitch which we think has now been fixed."
As of Thursday, the former Liberal Democrat leader followed just over 40,000 people and had 267,000 followers.
Just look at how happy people were to be followed by Clegg earlier this week.
People were a bit wary about the timing of the follow, though.
And then – it was time to face the sad reality.
Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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