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

Twitter announced earlier this this week that it was going to purge suspicious, locked and inactive followers for millions of its users.

Popular Twitter users who have branded themselves as influencers have lost countless followers in the wake of the new regulations to curb fake accounts.

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 CEO Jack Dorsey said he lost 200,000 followers.

Twitter said Wednesday that ordinary people probably won't see much of a difference in their number of followers, which could drop only by four or even fewer.

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.

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The company said follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi lost a large number of followers on Twitter, say reports.

It added, "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally". With 366,000 followers, I'm sure I had at least 2000 fake or abandoned accounts following me.

The social site had warned that users with larger follower counts will experience a significant drop it moved to delete invalidated accounts. From a whopping 62.85 million followers to 55.35 million, Twitter lost 7.5 million (12%) followers in a matter of just a single day. He's got over 4 million followers as of Thursday.

"This specific update is focused on followers because it is one of the most visible features on our service and often associated with account credibility", Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's legal, policy, and trust and safety lead, wrote in a blog post. Still, the former president remains the third most-followed person on the platform behind Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

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