Divya Dutta loses 'thousands' of Twitter followers

Geneva Stokes
July 15, 2018

Obama, for example, gained almost 2000 followers in the overnight hours, which roughly fits the range of followers he gained in previous weeks during the same Thursday-to-Friday overnight interval. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi, has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost more followers than most people have on Thursday afternoon after his company started to purge inactive accounts.

It is found that users have fake accounts to inflate the number of followers on their account.

The social-media company warned on Wednesday that its crackdown on fake accounts means users will have fewer followers. This is serious because as Fightful point out, this is half the average quarterly follower growth for their accounts.

President Donald Trump lost 204,000 of his 53.3 million followers, placing him at no. 18 on Keyhole's list.

Writer-editor Apurva Asrani tweeted: "I lost 500 followers overnight". The fake and frozen accounts out there were a huge part of many user follower counts, but they aren't going to be any longer.

According to Twitter, the new measures are aimed at improving accuracy in a bid to make the site a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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Nowhere has this been more true than with Twitter's own account on the platform, which lost 7.7 million followers.

Several of the most popular Twitter accounts including Barack Obama and Katy Perry lost millions of followers starting Thursday as the company began culling suspicious accounts, the latest effort to clean up the social media platform.

ODM leader Raila Odinga, however gained followers, from 1,923,245 on July 12 to 1,923,428. It will now be interesting to see how the users react to it; they don't have an option other than accepting anyway.

Twitter announced the purge was coming and told users that most would typically see a loss of usually fewer than four followers.

"Followercounts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate", Gadde said. This is not limited to only those who have bought the fake followers but rather all the twitter users.

In its statement on Wednesday, Twitter had distinguished between locked accounts and bot or spam accounts.

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