Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

Twitter purge means fewer followers for Trump, Obama, Justin Bieber

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

They specified that they would be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally, so we were to expect a drop in follower counts today. While it excludes spam accounts in reported user data, Twitter noted early this year that monthly active user numbers would be "negatively impacted" by efforts to expunge fake accounts.

Twitter announced recently that it planned to delete accounts that were created by users but may have been taken over by spammers and bots, or what Twitter calls "locked accounts".

By cracking down on fake accounts, Twitter hopes to restore faith in the controversy-ridden platform where influence-from entertainment to politics-can be inflated by automated or fake followers, the New York Times reports. This week, the company said it will remove these from profiles, reducing the number of followers users have.

President Uhuru Kenyatta retired to bed on Thursday night with more followers on Twitter than he woke up to on Friday. The social media company then locks such accounts.


President Trump's (@realDonaldTrump) account plunged by about 300,000 users, from 53.4 million to 53.1 million, according to the report.

Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.

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".

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

The majority of Twitter users will see a reduction of four followers or fewer, but those with larger follower counts will see a bigger drop, the company said.

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