Obama loses millions of followers in Twitter purge

In a Wednesday announcement, Twitter said it would begin deleting accounts that had been locked on suspicion of being hacked or used for spam, according to the Daily Beast.

Christian who goes by the username XtianDela lost over 500,000 followers which led him to a drop from over 1 million followers while Nyakundi lost over 400,000.

President Trump, former President Barack Obama and even Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey saw immediate plunges on their follower counts.

"Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of our ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts", Gadde wrote. In February megastar Amitabh Bachchan accused the social media giant of reducing the number of his followers.

Twitter's primary account seems to have taken the greatest hit, dropping from 62.85 million to 55.35 million followers on Thursday - a drop of 12%.

It added, "This week, we'll be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally". By late Thursday night, the president had officially lost close to 196,000 followers as the purge kept on going.

Katy Perry, now the most-followed person on Twitter, had more than 109 million followers on Wednesday - a number that plunged to about 108 million on Thursday afternoon.

The size of the drops were not directly correlated to the amount of initial followers.

Unilever was among the major companies that threatened in February to pull advertising from social-media services, including Twitter, because of a rise in hate speech, abusive content and fake news.

According to data analytics website Twitter Audit, Modi, Kejriwal and Gandhi together have a combined Twitter credibility of just 35% - only 35 out of every 100 followers on an average are "real people".

Since the above tweet was published on Thursday evening, Lewis's follower count has dropped further to 363,000. Officials said this will help make Twitter a "more trusted service for public conversation".

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