Trump, Obama, Katy Perry, others lose followers following Twitter’s account purge

14 Julio, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Gregg Anderson

Twitter has been under increased public scrutiny over complaints of fake and automated Twitter profiles that are spreading fake news, spamming the micro-blogging site, abusing others or impersonating people.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder, said in a tweet on Thursday that he lost 200 000 followers, bringing his total down to 4 million, after Twitter made good on its pledge to remove suspicious accounts.

Actor Deepika Padukone lost over 2.8 lakh followers, Aamir Khan 3 lakh, Hrithik Roshan 2.55 lakh, cricketer Virat Kohli 1.25 lakh and Sachin Tendulkar 2 lakh.

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".

From Narendra Modi to superstar Shah Rukh Khan, notable personalities have lost followers in the Twitter purge.

"Over the years, we've locked accounts when we detected sudden changes in account behavior", Gadde explained.

Twitter had announced the cleanup on Wednesday in reforms it said were aimed at safeguarding the confidence in follower counts.

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The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers.

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

"Removing locked accounts from followers doesn't impact MAU or DAU", Twitter said in a blog post.

Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers on Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million on Thursday afternoon.

By Thursday, Twitter had slashed tens of millions of accounts with suspicious behaviour, but the social media giant did not provide an exact figure.

Prominent people and celebrities have started noticing the drop in followership. "Twitter purge doing the most".

According to social media analytics service Socialblade, the nine biggest Twitter accounts - Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ellen Degeneres, Christiano Ronaldo and YouTube - all saw drops of more than 2 million followers each.

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