Twitter Bigwigs Who Suffered Massive Loss of Followers After Cleanup

Twitter Bigwigs Who Suffered Massive Loss of Followers After Cleanup

Twitter Bigwigs Who Suffered Massive Loss of Followers After Cleanup

Ironically, the purge's biggest victim is Twitter's own primary account which had to bid farewell to 7.5 million followers, a 12% drop from 62.85 million to 55.35 million.

Some of the world's biggest celebrities have lost millions of Twitter followers after the company cracked down on "locked" accounts.

According to The Hill, which reviewed the impact of the Twitter purge, "Obama, who had 104 million Twitter followers prior to the crackdown, had roughly 101 million as of Thursday afternoon".

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In a statement, Twitter said most people will see a change of four followers or fewer and that larger follower counts will experience more significant drops. Twitter said it expects the initiative to reduce the total follower count on the platform by a significant 6%, the Times reports.

The accounts would have originally been blocked for tweeting large volumes of unsolicited replies or mentions, sharing links dubbed "misleading", or were being blocked by a large number of accounts after mentioning them.

Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers. Twitter on Thursday kicked off its latest effort to rid the platform of fake or frozen accounts.

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Besides that of PM Narendra Modi's personal account, even the official account of the PMO saw a drop of over 1 lakh followers. The most popular accounts have more than 100 million followers, and Donald Trump is far down the list with 53.1 million.

The move is aimed at users reportedly inflating their followers on the platform with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to "bolster their political activism, business endeavours or entertainment careers".

"People having an artificially-inflated follower count made up of bots and redundant accounts is at best deceiving and at worst, fraud".

What do you think of Twitter's attempt to ensure "meaningful and accurate" follower counts? Barack Obama went down 2.1 million. With the removal of a number of accounts, Donald Trump ended up losing close to 200,000 "followers" that he speaks to in a limited amount of characters.

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"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 and safety lead, wrote in a post.

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