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Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers

13 July 2018

Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed.

Twitter locks accounts when it detects "sudden changes in account behavior", like tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions - in other words, signs that it's engaging in spam or bot-like activity.

If your account has been locked during Twitter's purge, it will remain in the same state unless the owner validates the account and resets the password.

The most popular accounts have more than 100 million followers, and Donald Trump is far down the list with 53.1 million.

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Twitter announced on Wednesday that users would see a drop in their follower accounts on Thursday as the company clamped down on "problematic" and "fake" accounts. As per the latest figures on Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, around 7.22 million Twitter users are following the young leader.

Uhuru, who is the most followed Kenyan on Twitter, had 3,234,935 followers as of July 12 but lost 16,071 of them in the purge.

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate".

Twitter said it had taken the decision due to its "ongoing and global effort to build trust".

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"As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down".

The drop in the follower count, however, has nothing to do with popularity of the Modi government. "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.

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts. Shah Rukh Khan lost nearly 3.5 lakh followers (35.7 million) while Amitabh Bachchan registered an even bigger loss, at over 4 lakh (34.5 million).

While BJP President Amit Shah was left poorer by 33,363 followers, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has lost 91,555 followers.

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Twitter Purge Costs Obama Millions of Followers