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Politicians, Bollywood stars lose followers as Twitter goes on a clean-up drive

Politicians, Bollywood stars lose followers as Twitter goes on a clean-up drive Politicians, Bollywood stars lose followers as Twitter goes on a clean-up drive
Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 19:25

Former US President Obama lost 2.5 million followers; Trump saw his follower count drop by roughly 400,000 and Kim Kardashian unloaded 1.7 million followers in the last day.

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday.

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users.

Prime Minister Modi, according to socialblade.com, lost 2, 84,746 followers and now has 43.1 million followers.

Social blade, a software that helps track social media stats, threw interesting insights into how politicians fared after Twitter's war on fake followers.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer.

Locked accounts, which differ from spam or bots, are restricted from posting when activity such as tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions are detected.

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Barack Obama lost over 2 million followers from his previous 103.63 million, leaving him at 101 million, while President Donald Trump lost 340,000 followers, taking him from 53.4 million to 53.1 million. Twitter on Thursday kicked off its latest effort to rid the platform of fake or frozen accounts.

Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts.

'@MisterseunPR' said: "Just lost over a thousand followers".

"Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts", Gadde wrote.

Twitter argued that the recent move was aimed at building users' confidence and reflected the fact that follower counts are "a visible feature" on the platform.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

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