Twitter’s purge of locked accounts costs Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal followers

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Barack Obama lost over 2 million followers from his previous 103.63 million, leaving him at 101 million, while President Donald Trump lost 340,000 followers, taking him from 53.4 million to 53.1 million.

In the global scene, United States President Donald Trump lost 326,118 followers on Thursday and later gained 5,339 followers on Friday. By late Thursday night, the president had officially lost close to 196,000 followers as the purge kept on going.

And while Obama lost more followers than Trump, he also started out with almost double the follow count. This week, the company said it will remove these from profiles, reducing the number of followers users have. The list reads like a who's who of United States pop culture, with people like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Oprah collectively losing millions of followers.

"If we detect sudden changes in account behavior, we may lock the account and contact the owner to confirm they still have control of it", the company stated.

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head of legal, policy, and trust, said the clean-up will affect accounts that were frozen over the years for suspicious behaviour.

Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday.

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Look at the fans there tonight, there was a lump in the throat and the hairs on my neck stood up watching the fans at the end. If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia , which has its own history of World Cup futility.

Going by the current count, Shah Rukh Khan happens to retain his top spot as the "Most Followed Bollywood Actor" on Twitter right now.

Kenyans with a significantly small following also faced the purge with some reporting they had lost between 100-200 followers by Friday morning.

Other accounts were locked for tweeting large amounts of unwarranted replies or mentions, misleading links, or "if a large number of accounts block the account after mentioning them".

"Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", said Twitter in a blog.

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

Major celebs, politicians and social media influencers are at the receiving end of Twitter's major crackdown on fake and bot accounts.

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