Modi loses 3 lakh followers, Rahul Gandhi 17,000 in Twitter cleanup

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Twitter has been trying to clean house over the past several months - and this week President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama saw a dramatic drop in followers.

As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost almost 300,000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers.

Twitter said Wednesday it would begin removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally.

United States singer Katy Perry, the most-followed user on Twitter, and Lady Gaga lost about 2.5 million followers.

The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers.

Nobody messes with Twitter, you see.

Perry, who had 110 million followers, now has 107 million, USA Today reported.

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Gadde explained their decision, saying: "As part of our ongoing and global effort to build trust and encourage healthy conversation on Twitter, every part of the service matters".

Twitter took its "Will the real followers stand up?" show on the road Thursday, beginning a massive purge of fake Twitter accounts and bots. The politicians now have 101 million and 53.1 million followers, respectively.

Kenyatta and Ruto lost 16,098 and 1,465 followers respectively as at 2:30 pm on Friday when Capital FM News last checked the number of followers they had on Twitter.

When Twitter Inc. detects sudden changes in behavior, like spammy tweeting patterns or sharing of misleading web links, it contacts the owner to confirm control of the account.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords. On Wednesday, Twitter announced that they were performing a "purge", of sorts, which would get rid of frozen or suspicious accounts. Some celebrities lost the equivalent of a city's or even a small nation's worth of followers in mere minutes.

The head of the company's legal team, Vijaya Gadde, said that most accounts would only lose around four followers as a result of the new measures.

Coming back to the local scene, we have seen some significant drop in follower counts in some accounts.

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