Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

Her tweet comes after many prominent Twitter users across the world lost more than a million followers as federal and state agencies in the USA started investigating shadowy agencies that sell fake followers.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's following on Twitter has declined by around 2,70,000 in just a matter of two days following a crackdown by the social media company against fake accounts. Trump remains the 18th most-followed person on Twitter.

President Trump, former President Barack Obama and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey saw immediate plunges on their follower counts.

Twitter said the accounts are locked after the platform detects "sudden changes in account behavior", which includes tweeting out a large number of unsolicited replies, sharing links that are misleading or being blocked by a large number of users that have been mentioned by the account.




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

Meanwhile Britney Spears (14th in terms of followers) did lose more than 2 million, and Twitter's own corporate Twitter account (16th) lost more than 7 million. Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, lost about 2 million each, leaving them at 104 million and 83.2 million respectively.

The two were trolled on Twitter after they lost numbers.

Popular radio presenter Shaffie Weru also spoke about the purge making light of the situation noting: "Twitter is doing away with all fake followers.nobody can stop reggae my frens (friends), we are all dying".

"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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