Twitter's Purge on Dormant Accounts Swings On "Big Wigs"

Among the biggest losers is former President Barack Obama, who lost more than 2 million followers in the purge of accounts suspected of being fake.

Twitter says for an average user, the follower count is likely to drop by 4 but for those having over thousands of followers the effect can be quite significant as is the case with Modi.

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users. He added in another tweet, "Look, if they're genuinely fake or dead accounts, I have no problem with it.But how do we know?"

Twitter, in a blog, stated that it would suspend private accounts in a bid to curb fake news by limiting fake users: "Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate". Meanwhile, Mr. Obama lost about 2 million, leaving him with 101 million overall.

Singer Katy Perry, whose account is the most-followed on Twitter, lost 1.5 million followers, dropping 1.4 percent to 108.1 million followers, Variety disclosed.

Also, the accounts that Twitter would be purging are locked accounts that the company "detected sudden changes in account behaviour", and the owners didn't validate their accounts. As per the latest figures on Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account, around 7.22 million Twitter users are following the young leader.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are among the casualties of the ongoing war on dormant and fake followers by social media giant Twitter.

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

"We understand this may be hard for some, but we believe accuracy and transparency make Twitter a more trusted service for public conversation".

Prominent people and celebrities have started noticing the drop in followership.

Others taking big hits included Taylor Swift, at 2.7 percent; Ellen DeGeneres, 2.5 percent; Lady Gaga, 1.9 percent; Justin Bieber, 1.3 percent; and Rihanna, 0.6 percent.

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