Obama loses millions of followers in Twitter purge

Twitter purge

Twitter said that most people would see a change of about 4 followers or fewer but those people with larger follower accounts would experience a more significant drop.

While union textiles minister Smriti Irani lost 41,280 Twitter followers, the number of followers BJP leader Subramanian Swamy lost on the platform also stood at almost 41,000.

Since Twitter started purging locked accounts on Thursday, the tweeter-in-chief has lost 300,000 followers.

Prime Minister Modi, according to socialblade.com, lost 2, 84,746 followers and now has 43.1 million followers. The change in follower counts doesn't affect the active user totals Twitter tracks and reports on a quarterly basis to investors, according to the company.

Locked accounts, which differ from spam or bots, are restricted from posting when activity such as tweeting a large volume of unsolicited replies or mentions are detected. We really don't know how is Big B going to react to his decreased number of followers considering he's already been on a rant threatening to quit Twitter if they don't stop reducing his follower count.

Other regular Twitter users have noticed their accounts dropping today thanks to the purge, while others didn't notice a change at all to their accounts.

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According to data analytics website Twitter Audit, Modi, Kejriwal and Gandhi together have a combined Twitter credibility of just 35% - only 35 out of every 100 followers on an average are "real people".

Twitter had warned that as a result of the move, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.

YouTube's official Twitter handle witnessed a 2.8 percent dip and now has 70.39 million followers.

Well, it is now happening and people have started noticing the drop in follower accounts.

"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 Head, said in a blog post earlier this week.

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