Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

U.S. president Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former president Barack Obama lost about 400,000 from his 104 million.

Pop music artist Katy Perry, whose account is the most followed, lost more than 2.8 million followers on Thursday, a 2.6 percent fall from the day earlier.

On Wednesday, Twitter had announced in a statement that it would be deleting the accounts that had been locked, leading to a fall in follower counts this week.

Twitter said that most people would see a change of about 4 followers or fewer but those people with larger follower accounts would experience a more significant drop.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are among the casualties of the ongoing war on dormant and fake followers by social media giant Twitter.

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Reham Khan, who just released her book today lost just 9k followers which is quite a small figure as compared to the expected loss she could have experienced considering the hate she was experiencing after her book got published. Twitter on Thursday kicked off its latest effort to rid the platform of fake or frozen accounts.

Twitter's top executive didn't slide by unscathed in the social-media site's crackdown on fake followers. "We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's Legal, Policy and Trust & Safety Lead, said in a blog post.

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His predecessor Barack Obama gained 18,622 followers on Thursday and lost 2,357,631 on Friday.

These users are different to spam or bots, explained Gadde, because it is unclear if the original account owner still has control or access to it. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

Pakistani celebrity Twitter users with massive followers also experienced the same decrease. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

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