Fake Twitter users: Celebrities lose followers amid crackdown

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, trust and safety, said the company would begin removing "locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally".

"Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop".

Her tweet comes after many prominent Twitter users across the world lost more than a million followers as federal and state agencies in the USA started investigating shadowy agencies that sell fake followers.

In the global scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday.

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If the owner doesn't respond and reset their password, Twitter locks the account. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day.

In January, New York's chief prosecutor said the state had launched an investigation into a company, which allegedly sold millions of fake followers to social media users.

Nyakundi's followers have reduced from a whopping 1.2 million to 694,000 while Dela's numbers now stand at 521,000 from an impressive one million.

Even the official account of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) @pmoindia saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers.

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Having a strong follower base on Twitter is a thing of pride for many, but it serves a greater objective to celebs and social media influencers, who can negotiate deals with advertisers by boasting their impressive follower count.

Since the above tweet was published on Thursday evening, Lewis's follower count has dropped further to 363,000.

Popular radio presenter Shaffie Weru also spoke about the purge making light of the situation noting: "Twitter is doing away with all fake followers.nobody can stop reggae my frens (friends), we are all dying".

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According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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