Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge

Lester Mason
July 13, 2018

Former President Obama lost more than 2 million followers on Twitter this week as the social platform removed inactive and locked accounts from follower counts, according to a preliminary review by The Hill. Dorsey said he lost 200,000 followers in a tweet.

Twitter has unleashed a massive crackdown against fake accounts that have resulted in Prime Minister Narendra Modi losing a huge number of his followers.

Earlier, a report by Burson-Marsteller had stated that 2,41,80,000 of Modi's 4,03,00,000 Twitter followers are fake.

On Wednesday, Twitter said it was making the change in order to boost the credibility of follower-count numbers and improve transparency.

However, Vijaya Gadde, from Twitter's trust and safety team made it clear that most of these accounts still have real people behind them.

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. Modi mostly resorts to his social media accounts to convey a message or even launch a scheme sometimes but with Prime Minister losing a huge number of followers it might get hard for him to pass on his messages in future.

"Some users quickly took notice, like 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain, who tweeted, ".And just like that, 10K followers vanish".

The microblogging site explained that it has been locking accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behavior.

While eliminating locked accounts from follower totals will not affect MAU or DAU totals, Twitter's efforts to shut down other kinds of accounts - including those set up by spammers - potentially could, Gadde acknowledged.

As per a report by Washington Post, Twitter has already suspended over a million accounts in recent months. Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million Thursday afternoon.

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