Why President Trump Just Lost Over 100,000 Twitter Followers

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Since Twitter announced that it would be working to reduce questionable accounts, President Trump has lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers, while former president Barack Obama is down nearly 400,000 of his 104 million followers as of Wednesday, according to a report from Washington Post.

The new measures mean that any user whose account is locked for unusual activity - such as being blocked or sending unusual volumes of Tweets - and who did not respond to a prompt to verify their identity would be excluded from Twitter follower counts.

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

Twitter shares fell 5 percent on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth.

Social Blade, a social media platform user statistics website, is tracking the slide in real time.

Apparently, a lot of those accounts followed the CEO of Twitter. "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.

The most popular accounts have more than 100 million followers, and Donald Trump is far down the list with 53.1 million. Katy Perry started off with 109 million followers, and a 2.8 million drop represents a decline of approximately 2.6%.

Although losing 2 million followers is undoubtedly a significant drop, proportionally speaking it's not necessarily huge.

- Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 12, 2018I've lost about 2000 followers in the "Great Twitter Purge" today.

President Trump's (@realDonaldTrump) account plunged by about 300,000 users, from 53.4 million to 53.1 million, according to the report.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

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