Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

President Trump now has around 53.1 million followers, according to his account page.

Basically, he's lost half his Twitter followers in the purge.

On Wednesday, Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy and trust & safety lead, announced in a blog post that the company would remove locked accounts from follower lists.

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

You can see it here. Social media maven Kim Kardashian West lost about 1.5 million followers. He's likely still going to keep tweeting out news and calling others out on their fake news reports, but the president and many others are going to be doing it to smaller audiences thanks to the Twitter purge.

The social media giant began Thursday removing "locked" accounts, which have been made inactive until further verification by Twitter. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation". That represents nearly 2.5% of their respective followers. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

U.S. President Donald Trump, his predecessor Barack Obama and American singer Katy Perry, the most followed celebrities on Twitter, lost an astonishing number of followers on Thursday following Twitter's account purge.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior". Twitter initially warned that its culling of fake followers would affect about 6% of all follows, so Perry actually may have got off lightly. Justin Bieber lost close to the same amount as the former president, but many other celebrities saw their numbers drop too and that includes the CEO of Twitter himself.

For Twitter, anyone who tweets a large volume of unsolicited replies, unnecessarily tags a large number of people or tweets misleading links becomes a suspicious user. Mr. Gandhi's account, @RahulGandhi, lost over 13,000 followers from 72.23 lakh on Thursday to 72.21 lakh on Friday.

Kenyans took to Twitter to "mark themselves safe" and call out accounts with fake followers using the #TwitterCleanupKE and also poked fun at those who have been affected.

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