The API for follows and followers appear to contain some bad data between
2015-07-06. This was noticed before, but brushed off as not being a problem.
While the format isn’t an issue, that timezone affixed to date string is incorrect, leading to data suggesting that a follow relationship was created before the following user was.
If more examples are needed, this channel has over 1,700 instances of followed < created.
The largest recorded difference I’ve noticed was
25200 seconds (exactly 7 hours). If the source of this error were internally consistent, then
+00:00 should be treated by developers as
+07:00 instead. But ideally, they’d be in the same format provided the time corrections are made.